James May is accused of fatally shooting his 89-year-old father inside their Lecanto home
11:07 AM, Apr 19, 2016
11:13 AM, Apr 19, 2016
An 89-year-old man shot and killed by his own son over the weekend was seated in a wheelchair when gunned down, Citrus County deputies say.
James May, 52, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Sheriff's deputies responded to 3550 W. Starlight Path in Lecanto shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday. They went to the residence in reference to a call of a man shooting his father.
When they arrived, May told sheriff's detectives his father. Jack May, had been complaining all day Friday, a press release states. He went on to say the elder May was angry and became violent toward him. May told authorities he grabbed a gun and shot his father.
May fell asleep then called the authorities when he woke up, deputies say.
When deputies arrived, they say May was waiting for them on the front porch. He was put in the back of a patrol car while deputies secured the scene.
Deputies found Jack May deceased on the living room floor with a revolver nearby.
When deputies interviewed May, he claimed his father had been complaining and yelling at him all day. In an attempt to diffuse the situation, May says he walked to a McDonald's and bought his father a sandwich.
May reportedly told deputies he came back home and his father ate the sandwich.
About two hours later, May and his father went to Domino's to get a pizza, an arrest affidavit states.
They returned home and around 6:30 p.m. the power to the home went out, Duke Energy responded and fixed the problem, according to May.
Around 10 p.m., May says he began arguing in the kitchen with his father. May claims his father punched him in the mouth.
Deputies say May did have a bloody lip.
According to May, he went into his bedroom to diffuse the situation. He says his father followed him and continued yelling at him.
May says he screamed at his father to "get the [expletive] out" and his father left.
May reportedly told deputies he "snapped" and grabbed a pistol from the closet.
Deputies say May walked to his father, who was in his wheelchair and facing away from him, and opened fire.
May then went back to his bedroom, laid down in bed and fell asleep, deputies say.
When May awoke, he says he went to check on his father and found him deceased.
May said his father was not armed at the time of the shooting, an arrest affidavit states.