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Family reacts after 80-year-old father allegedly shoots son

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Bullet holes are visible inside the trailer home where the incident occurred. Bullet holes are visible inside the trailer home where the incident occurred.
6 News Reporter Kayla Strayer sat down with the family of the two men Sunday to hear about what happened. 6 News Reporter Kayla Strayer sat down with the family of the two men Sunday to hear about what happened.
Family members say the standoff was a misunderstanding. Family members say the standoff was a misunderstanding.

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - A man is in critical condition at UT Medical Center after family members say he was shot by his 80-year-old father during an attempted robbery.  

The shooting, and the standoff with deputies that followed, happened between Campbell County Sheriff's deputies and Denvin Miller sometime after 5 o'clock Saturday.

The alleged shooter's daughter, Jill, says her dad shot at his son in self defense because he thought his life was in danger.

She says her half brother, Merle Ivey, was shot while trying to steal money from their dad.  

Miller's trailer now displays several bullet holes.

Authorities have yet to confirm a motive, but another of Miller's daughter, Cheryl Harmon, says her dad shot her half-brother, Ivey, because he was trying to steal money from his father's safe.

Miller told Harmon that an unknown man drove Ivey to the residence on Back Valley Road around 5 o'clock Saturday.  

"He said 'honey they set me up. They were trying to break in on me.' He said 'I shot one of them.' He said 'the other one, I think, is in the bedroom," according to Harmon.    

After Ivey was shot, Harmon says he walked across the street to her trailer.  

"Merle come down there and said 'take me to the doctor, take me to the doctor,' and I said 'what is going on? What is going on?' And I was afraid to come up here. Not because I was afraid of dad, but because I didn't know if he was shot," Harmon said.

Harmon's husband drove Ivey to Tenova hospital in LaFollette. Meanwhile, she says her father called 911, thinking both men were still inside his home.

When authorities arrived, Miller was the only one inside.

Authorities say they were in a brief standoff with Miller until he surrendered his gun around 6:40 p.m. Harmon says the whole incident is a misunderstanding. She says once her dad realized authorities were there, he let them in.

A spokesman for the Campbell County Sheriff's Department says the case is still being investigated. No charges have been filed against Denvin Miller or Merle Ivey at this time.

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