Father accidentally shoots son after he plays too much guitar

Fred Hensley Sr.
(Image credit: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

A 79-year-old resident of Blue Ash, Ohio stands accused of shooting his son because he had been playing guitar for too long, according to court documents obtained by Local 12-WKRC (opens in new tab) in Ohio.

Fred Hensley Sr., 79, is said to have shot his son, Fred Hensley Jr., 50, with a .380 pistol Sunday, October 24, because he'd been playing guitar for over an hour, despite the senior Hensley's requests for him to stop.

According to a report from Fox 19 (opens in new tab), Hensley Sr. told Blue Ash police he was only trying to shoot near his son, while Local 12-WKRC (opens in new tab)'s report states that Hensley Sr. told police that he was trying to shoot the guitar.

After he was shot – reportedly (opens in new tab) in the ribcage area – Hensley Jr. allegedly attacked his father, causing injuries to Hensley Sr.'s face and mouth. When questioned by police, Hensley Jr. said (opens in new tab) he did not remember hitting his father. 

Hamilton County, Ohio court documents state (opens in new tab) that Hensley Sr. has been charged with felonious assault, and is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.

Hensley Jr. was taken to the hospital following the incident, and is reportedly (opens in new tab) not facing any criminal charges for the incident. No updates on his or his father's condition have been provided as of press time.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.