A son struggled to disarm his father, police said. Then, a shot was fired.

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A Mount Sterling father has been charged with assault after shooting his son in the knee during a confrontation.

The fight occurred at 2:20 a.m. Friday at the father’s and son’s home on Rogers Mill Road near the Montgomery-Bourbon county line, according to Kentucky State Police trooper Charles Loudermilk.

Ernest Ross, 49, was outside of his home drinking, got upset and began a verbal argument with his son, 25-year-old James Ross, Loudermilk said in a press release.

Ernest began to physically assault James with the stock of a .22 long rifle, and while James was trying to disarm his father, the rifle discharged into James’ left knee, police said. James was able to get the gun away from his father and defend himself until the KSP troopers arrived.

Both the father and son were transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

After being released, Ernest Ross was arrested and charged with assault and domestic violence. He already had an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault. He was being held at Bourbon County Regional Detention Center.