Son accused of fatally shooting father in the head

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. —  A Mid-South man was arrested after police say he shot his father in the head. WREG has learned the father was a long-time City of Memphis employee in the sanitation department.

Police said they responded to 3800 block of Bestway Drive on Sunday and found Aaron Crutcher, 67, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to the Regional Medical Center where he later died.

Authorities said there were several people inside the home at the time of the shooting, including Aaron Crutcher's son Damien Crutcher, 42. He told investigators during questioning that the two men were fighting over the gun when it discharged.

However, witnesses contradicted that account saying that Damien Crutcher was in control of the weapon the entire time.

“My brother really loved and cared about his father. He was crazy about him," Beverly Crutcher said. “It’s an accident. We want everyone to know it was an accident.”

Authorities arrested Damien Crutcher and charged him with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Family members also said Aaron Crutcher worked for the Memphis sanitation department for more than 30 years.

“A hardworking man who loved his kids, adored his son, grandkids, family and friends. It’s just a lot right now," Beverly Crutcher said.

Chief Communications Officer confirmed Aaron Crutcher was a solid waste crew chief in the solid waste division and released the following statement in response to the incident: “We were so saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Crutcher, a long-time city employee, in such a tragic manner. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

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