PORTLAND -- A Portland man was arrested Tuesday following a fight with his wife that reportedly led to him shooting his stepson in the hand during a struggle over a gun.
Police were dispatched to a home in Southwest Portland's Multnomah neighborhood after Vicki Acker-Harmon, 46, called while driving her son Joshua Harmon to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the hand.
Officers went to her home in the 3600 block of Spring Garden Street and saw a man matching the alleged shooter's description, wearing a helmet while walking toward a motorcycle. He was taken into custody and identified as Andrew Acker, 51.
Acker reportedly shot at his wife twice inside the home. Both rounds missed Vicki Acker-Harmon, police said.
Joshua Harmon heard the gunfire, went up to the couple and demanded that Andrew Acker hand over the gun. He declined and the two started to struggle, police said.
The gun went off, a round striking the 18-year-old in the hand.
I just didn't want anyone to get hurt, Joshua told KGW. He did not think the shot was an intentional attempt to hit him.
I don't think he did it on purpose, Joshua said. I know he shot on purpose to scare me, to get me to let go of the gun, because he said he was going to shoot it again. I think he was just trying to scare me, but once he realized I was shot he got all worried.
The son downplayed his actions. He said the gunshot did not hurt as much as he thought it would.
Acker was accused of third-degree assault, menacing, attempted third-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and recklessly endangering another, all tied to domestic assault.
(KGWreporter Reggie Aqui contributed to this report.)