Investigators in Macon County arrested an Otto man Sunday night after a heated argument reportedly escalated to the fatal shooting of his son.
According to reports, deputies with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office arrived at 1920 Coweeta Lab Road between 7:30 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, in response to complaints of a domestic disturbance and possible gunplay. Upon arrival officers discovered the victim, who was identified onsite as 34-year-old Robert Pruitt.
The incident occurred at the home of Pruitt’s parents, Frank Kelly Pruitt and Kathy Paulette Pruitt.
Moments before the shooting, 62-year-old Kelly Pruitt had called 9-1-1 requesting assistance from authorities.
Other complaints were called in that evening as well by neighbors, according to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland.
With screams in the background, Pruitt referenced that his son, whom he said was drunk, was on his property “with an AK47” in his driveway. “I’m going to kill that son of a b---,” he said in the call. “Get the law out here now!” Emergency services advised that authorities were en route.
A second call was made minutes later. “Come get my son right now, I just shot him,” said the caller. “Yes, I did ... He’s been shot in the damn leg, come and get him. Now. I need an ambulance right now.”
Robert Pruitt was rushed to Angel Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. According to Holland, several witnesses to the shooting were on scene and are still being investigated. At least three children, including the children of the victim, were reportedly on scene and witnessed the murder. The children were between the ages of two and 14.
The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation at the request of the MCSO.
Authorities arrested Kelly Pruitt as the primary and only suspect in the shooting, as preliminary investigations have found him to be the shooter.
“We arrested the suspect and charged him with second degree murder,” said Holland.
Kathy Paulette Pruitt, the suspect’s wife and Robert’s mother, was also arrested and charged with two counts of resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer.
“When officers arrived on scene and were attempting to secure the scene, Kathy Pruitt was being uncooperative and wouldn’t tell officers where the gun used in the shooting was located. To secure the scene, she was placed in a patrol car where she tried to kick out the window,” said Sheriff Holland. According to Holland, Kathy appeared to be intoxicated.
An autopsy was performed Monday morning. Final autopsy reports, including toxicology findings are expected to be released in the coming weeks, according to Holland. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
“Not only did somebody lose their life, but children and the victim’s wife were present during the shooting and witnessed this incident,” said Holland.
Pruitt is currently being held at the Macon County Detention Center on a $250,000 secured bond. Originally a bond of $50,000 was set, but a judge increased the bond on Monday morning, after the MCSO and the District Attorney’s office requested the increase due to circumstances involving the case.
Donations are being accepted to defray the costs for Robert Pruitt’s funeral. Make checks payable to:
Drymans Chapel United Methodist Church
216 Tom McDowell Dr.
Otto NC 28763