Minden man tries to strangle son

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police arrested a local man for trying to strangle his son.

James Bradley Carrigan, 48, of the 200 block of East and West St., Minden, is charged with domestic abuse battery with strangulation.

Police Chief Elect Jared McIver said Lt. Joel Kendrick and Off. Heather Feeback responded to the call Sunday evening at the East and West location.

“Carrigan met them at the door,” McIver said. “He was intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcoholic beverage. He was also bleeding from his right knee.”

Carrigan reportedly told Kendrick his son attacked him. According to the report, officers separated Carrigan, his wife and son to conduct interviews.

“The son said his father was drunk and they argued over a dog urinating on the couch,” McIver said. “The son became angry because he though his father caused injury to his dog, thinking it caused the mess.”

The verbal altercation reportedly escalated after the subject began verbally accosting his son, calling him names that were scornful and critical.

“Carrigan allegedly told his son to hit him and learn to fight like a man,” McIver said. “Then he began pushing his son’s head toward the wall. The son admitted pushing away Carrigan in order to create distance, but Carrigan had him pinned against the wall by the throat. The son became fearful and began swinging at his father in order to get away.”

During that time, a wall mirror was reportedly broken and both subjects fell into the glass causing abrasions and lacerations to father and son.

“The father allegedly wrapped his hands around his son’s throat but then switched to using his forearm to strangle him,” McIver said. “Eventually, the son was able to disengage and ran to his room to escape. Carrigan followed him there, causing the son to fear for his safety. He brandished a shotgun toward Carrigan but said he did not point it at him.”

McIver said the son’s girlfriend and mother corroborated his version of events. They further established Carrigan as the predominant aggressor with him antagonizing the son into the altercation. 

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