MALLIE, Ky (WYMT) - Timothy Slone's mother said she has spent the last several years of her life living in fear.
Kentucky State Police said Slone shot at Knott County Sheriff's deputies Sunday night.
That shoot out landed him in the hospital.
On Monday, his mother opened up about how she survived the ordeal.
Lula Slone said a small tree in her yard may have saved her life.
"I just knew he was going to kill me. I do not know how long I stood under that tree waiting for him to come in the house. I have went through a lot," said Slone.
She said on Sunday night her son drank moonshine and picked up a gun, which is something she said has happened before.
"He is always violent. First thing he wants to do is get a gun. That is the first thing," said Slone.
Knott County Sheriff Dale Richardson said his men were called to Steer Fork Road and when they, arrived they were fired upon.
Richardson said that caused them to return fire.
He says he believes his men followed protocol.
"Both are young deputies, one been on less than a year actually. But the way it looks both followed their training. It kicked in and they reacted the way they should have," said Richardson.
Timothy Slone was hurt and taken to Pikeville Medical Center.
He is in stable condition.
His mother said he is lucky to be alive.
"They did not want to kill him though. You could see that because they could have killed him if they wanted to and I am glad they did not kill him," said Slone.
Both deputies are on administrative leave until KSP finish an investigation.
Slone's mother hopes this event will get her son in line.
"I would say stop your drinking. That is what I would tell him because that is the problem," said Slone.
She said Timothy started shooting after fighting with one of his brothers.
Sheriff Richardson said neither deputy involved in the shooting was hurt.