MILWAUKEE (WISN/CNN) -- A Wisconsin man who admitted to shooting his son said he was fed up with his son's addiction to heroin.
Richard Matte told police he just wanted to scare his 27-year-old son, Zak, by shooting at a wall.
“I shot my son in the arm on accident," Matte told a 911 dispatcher last month.
Greenfield police arrested Matte after that blunt phone call. Matte told the dispatcher he was at his wit's end over his son's heroin abuse and snapped.
"The bullet went through my elbow up to my shoulder, tearing all this muscle,” Zak told WISN-TV. “They had to re-sew it all together."
Matte appeared in court for the first time Friday afternoon. His attorney attributed the shooting to the fatigue and frustration of living with and trying to help a heroin addict.
“It's a horrendous experience,” attorney Anthony Cotton said. “It's something that puts tremendous stress on relationships and marriages in a family. And i have no doubt that was happening here in this case."
Richard Matte posted bail for $15,000 and was ordered back to court later this month. He could face up to 17 years in prison, if convicted.
photo WISN via CNN
originally posted March 6 2017
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