Mesa man accused of shooting son-in-law with flare gun

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – A Mesa man is accused of shooting his son-in-law with a flare gun and trying to stab him with a pocketknife.

George Brown, 66, was arrested Saturday morning. He faces charges including attempted second-degree murder, assault and disorderly conduct.

Police said Brown and Heston Carr were involved in an argument that escalated into a physical fight in front of Carr's home near Pecos and Alma School roads in Chandler.

According to court documents, Brown punched Carr in the face three times then shot him in the abdomen with a flare gun, causing an open wound with burns.

Brown told Chandler police that he saw Carr on the ground, moved toward him with a knife and said, "I was fixin to kill him," then attempted to stab him with a folding knife, according to court records.

Carr's injuries were treated at the scene.

Witnesses told police that prior to the flare being fired, they heard Brown say he was going to shoot Carr and wanted him to burn to death, according to the court paperwork.

Police said there is a history of domestic violence between Carr and Brown's family.

Brown is being held on $20,000 bond.