Macon County Chronicle

Two Counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder...

Sherman Wayne Feltner, age 55, was arrested and charged with three counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of attempted first-degree murder on Saturday, July 2nd, after firing a shotgun at his daughter and her boyfriend.

According to the officer’s report, Sherman’s daughter, her children and her boyfriend, were visiting Sherman for the weekend when he began drinking beer and whiskey.  

Ms. Feltner recounted to Macon County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Donnie Crawford that she and her children were seated on the couch when her father became angry, stood up and drew back his fist as if to hit her. After talking him down, Sherman began walking away, but quickly turned around with a pocketknife, holding it to his daughter’s throat and saying, “If I’m going to hell, you are too.”

After bargaining with her father, he dropped the knife, went to his bedroom and returned with a shotgun.

Ms. Feltner then advised her children to go to the car, while she woke up her boyfriend. As she went to the kitchen to get her purse, her father pointed the gun at her, and she began running outside after hearing a shot fired in her direction.  

Her boyfriend, who was still inside the residence, told officers that Sherman also shot at him as he left the 5131 Woodmore Road residence.

When Deputy Crawford, along with Sergeant Ira Meador, arrived at Sherman’s home, they witnessed that the front and side doors were open. After yelling for Sherman to come outside and receiving no response, officers entered the residence and found Sherman asleep in a recliner with a shotgun lying across his lap.

Deputy Crawford removed the shotgun and Sherman was taken into custody.

Detective Darrell Taylor arrived at the scene and began processing evidence, discovering that the gun on Sherman’s lap was loaded with two rounds and one in the chamber. Officers also discovered a second loaded shotgun in the spare bedroom, shotgun slugs and a pistol. A shotgun blast was also discovered through the kitchen window.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons this was not Sherman’s first brush with the law, as he was arrested on similar charges in the late 90’s.