Forty-six-year-old Michael J. Coulter, of Clay County, Tenn., was arrested and charged with attempted criminal homicide on Friday, Sept. 5, after shooting his brother, Roger Coulter.

The incident was called into the Macon County Sheriffs Department by Roger Coulter, at approximately 8 p.m. from a residence on Highway 52 East.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, the shooting took place on the shoulder of Highway 52 after the two brothers pulled over in their separate vehicles and began arguing.

Sheriff Gammons and Deputy Anthony Warner arrived on the scene and found the victim with a gunshot wound to his leg.

“After speaking with Roger Coulter, he advised us that his brother, Michael Coulter, had shot him,” Gammons said. “The Macon County Sheriffs Department and the Clay County Sheriffs Department arrived at Michael Coulter’s residence, located in Jenkins Village Trailer Park, found the suspect and recovered a sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun.”

Michael Coulter was then transported to the Macon County Sheriffs Department, where he was questioned by police.

“Michael Coulter did advise me that he had shot his brother,” Gammons said. “He also stated that he did it because he feared for his life.”

The victim, Roger Coulter, was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center to undergo surgery on his leg.

Michael Coulter is being held at the Macon County Sheriffs Department on $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Sept. 24.