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Warrant: Fight over national anthem led to gunshot during Cary family's Thanksgiving

Posted November 27, 2018 4:38 p.m. EST

— An argument over professional athletes taking a knee during the national anthem led to a Cary father accidentally shooting his son during Thanksgiving dinner, according to a search warrant.

The warrant says Jorge Luis Lamadrid Valencia, 41, and Esteban Valencia, 21, had sat down to Thanksgiving dinner at their Fallsworth Drive home when Esteban Valencia and his brother began arguing about kneeling during the national anthem.

Jorge Valencia told police Esteban Valencia became confrontational with his brother during the argument and was asked to leave the home.

Jorge Valencia said Esteban Valencia refused to leave and attempted to charge at the brother with whom he had been arguing, according to the warrant.

The warrant states Jorge Valencia told police he got his gun and convinced his son to leave the house, but the son returned shortly after and continued to argue.

Jorge Valencia told authorities he took Esteban Valencia’s bags and put them on the porch, but his son continued to argue and began throwing patio furniture.

When Esteban Valencia threw a water bottle at his father, hitting him in the face, Jorge Valencia pulled the trigger and fired his gun, hitting his son, according to the warrant.

Jorge Valencia was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the incident.