An Oak Ridge man who allegedly fired a gun into the ground during a parking disturbance on Tucker Road on January 18 has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
Justin Kane Hornung, 37, told Oak Ridge Police Department Officer Christopher W. Wallace that he did not have space to park his vehicle on Tucker Road when he came home because guests of a neighbor had filled the on-street parking spaces, according to warrants filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court.
A discussion between Hornung and his neighbor about the parking situation reportedly escalated into a disturbance, and the victim allegedly told Hornung he was going to “kick his (expletive)” and yelled other obscenities, according to the warrants.
Hornung told Wallace that he felt threatened by the victim’s statements, so he pulled a handgun, pointed it at the victim, and fired one shot into the ground, the warrants said.
In the court documents, Wallace said video surveillance footage from Hornung’s home showed him pointing the handgun at the victim, and then shooting into the ground.
“The victim stated he was in fear for his life when the defendant fired the shot,” Wallace wrote.
“Additionally, the defendant’s daughter (a nine-year-old juvenile) was also in the roadway at the time of the incident,” the warrants said.
Wallace said District Attorney General David Clark recommended arresting Hornung for aggravated assault.
“The defendant intentionally and knowingly placed the victim in fear of imminent bodily injury by displaying and discharging a firearm,” Wallace wrote in the warrants.
Hornung remained in the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton on Friday. His bond has been set at $100,000, according to court records.