Nashville woman shoot homeless man who asked her to move her Porsche

Katie Quackenbush arrested for allegedly shooting a homeless man Gerald Melton in Nashville Tennessee

Melton remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Melton told police he asked the driver of the Porsche to move the vehicle.

The two began arguing and yelling at each other, according to police. Quackenbush, he recalled, got out of the Porsche with a gun.

Quackenbush's father Jesse Quackenbush said in a statement that his daughter fired the gun in self-defense.

He told police the shooter got back in the Porsche and drove off.

He was critically wounded from the shot.

Katie Layne Quackenbush, 26, allegedly fired two warning shots when the man threatened her, according to her father. She is scheduled in court for on October 6.

He keeps up she was wrongfully charged in light of the fact that she was protecting herself from Melton. 'She had an eyewitness in the front seat'.

After the incident, Katie and her friend continued to dinner and did not report the altercation for two weeks despite seeing the crime tape surrounding her friend's vehicle when returning from their dinner and the scene they had left behind.

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Melton apparently followed them. He said she only meant to fire warning shots, not hit Melton.

Jesse said his daughter shot Melton with her eyes closed and pointed away from him, therefore, she did not know if she had hit him. He insists that his daughter was merely defending herself after he says Melton accosted her and her friends.

He told the newspaper Mr Melton made explicit remarks and threatened to kill his daughter and her friend while they sat in the auto. He kept coming and she fired a second round, again meant to scare him away.

"She didn't try and kill this guy", Jesse Quackenbush said.

A third party spotted Melton suffering with gunshot wounds and phoned for help. It's also not her first time arrested in connection to a violent incident. She fled, cops say. The lawyer hadn't seen the video himself.

Police saw bruising on the Piehl's arm and arrested Quackenbush around 7 p.m. while on a follow-up call for domestic violence/family member assault. The case, which stemmed from an incident she had with her mother, was dismissed by the district attorney in April the following year.

The news of Quackenbush's arrest stirred outrage on social media and from advocates of the homeless.

According to a complaint, Quackenbush stands accused of hitting another woman in the head with a drinking glass.

But there's more to the story, says the suspect's father.

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