Argument over remote led to shooting; son charged
CHAMPAIGN — An argument over a remote control led a father, in town for a visit, to shoot his son in Champaign over the weekend — and the son has been charged with a felony.
Troy N. Humphrey, 40, who listed an address in the 700 block of Tawney Court, Champaign, was charged on Monday with felony aggravated battery to a senior citizen. He was shot after an argument with his father early Saturday morning.
"The charge is for aggravated battery because the victim is over 60 years of age," said Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz.
Humphrey's bond was set at $3,000; and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.
According to a Champaign police report, officers were called to Tawney Court, just north of Bradley Avenue, about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, where Humphrey had allegedly attacked his 68-year-old father, a Flint, Mich., man who was visiting.
The report said the two men had been quarreling both inside and outside the home. Police said they had been arguing over the remote, and Humphrey pushed his father out the door and down the driveway.
A witness confirmed seeing Humphrey shoving his father in the driveway before the father went back inside the home.
The argument culminated in the father pulling a gun and shooting Humphrey once in the right shoulder. The report said the father had obtained the gun for protection. He said he shot his son in order to prevent further abuse.
The injuries were described as non-life-threatening, and Humphrey was able to appear in court on Monday.
According to the report, the father told police that Humphrey had a history of physical violence.
Police believe the father may have been defending himself, so he was not arrested. Rietz told The News-Gazette on Monday that no charges have been filed against the father.
Humphrey is due back in court on Sept. 16.