MINERAL SPRINGS – Jeremy Benson Carpenter, 24, of Monroe, was arrested on charges of voluntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal shooting Aug. 26 at a Mineral Springs home.
Joseph M. Kisiah Sr., 67, was pronounced dead at the scene. Joseph M. Kisiah Jr., suffered a gunshot wound to his chest. Carpenter also suffered a gunshot wound to his hand, but officials said that may have been accidentally self-inflicted.
“Detectives have conducted numerous interviews, analyzed evidence and carefully considered the facts that happened before, during and after this situation before filing this charge,” Sheriff Eddie Cathey said. “An innocent man tragically lost his life and all of this could have been avoided if the suspect had not picked up the gun when he had a chance to leave.”
Deputies responded to the shooting around 12:20 p.m. in the 4500 block of Pleasant Grove Road, but officials said the incident resulted from a domestic disturbance that occurred at the same home the evening prior.
Officials said Carpenter is the father of a young child with a Kisiah family member and the Kisiahs provide care for the child.
During the domestic disturbance, Carpenter allegedly hurt Kisiah Sr.’s wife, prompting her to get treated for a head injury. Deputies arrested Carpenter on charges of assault on a female for that incident.
After posting bond early the next morning, Carpenter returned to the Kisiah home. Kisiah Jr., allegedly assaulted Carpenter in retaliation for the injuries Carpenter caused his mother.
Officials said Carpenter went to his vehicle and retrieved a handgun. Kisiah Jr., allegedly attempted to disarm Carpenter while inside the vehicle, causing the handgun to discharge and striking Carpenter in the hand, officials said.
During the struggle, Carpenter discharged another round that passed through Kisiah Jr., and into his father, who was standing behind him, officials said.
Carpenter left the scene and informed a deputy in Mineral Springs what happened at the house. He was treated and released for the gunshot wound.