Police: Father shoots son as ‘reminder’ of offenses

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WHITE LAKE, NC (WWAY) — A man is charged with shooting his son, but police say he told them there was a reason he did it.

White Lake Police were called to the 100 block of Grays Lane around midnight Friday and found Joshua Alan Walters, 25, of White
Lake with a gunshot to his lower left leg.

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Joshua Walters said his father Ted Alan Walters entered his accusing him of stealing from him and shot him in the leg, police say.

Ted Walters, 49, of Elizabethtown, turned himself in around 4 a.m. Saturday. According to police, the elder Walters said his son has a major drug problem, that he had stolen several thousand dollars of his property in the past three months, that his son had stolen his grandmothers’ food out of her freezer Friday, and that pushed him over the edge.

“I did not want to kill my son; I just want him to have a reminder each time he takes a step, while he is stealing someone else’s belongings,” Ted Walters said, according to police.

Ted Walters is in the Bladen County Jail under a $50,000 bond. He is charged with first-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.