Father Accused of Shooting Daughter on Father's Day

Family members say Johnny Smith had spent his Father's Day on a 4-wheeler. But when he came home Sunday night...police say he had also been drinking heavily.

“Apparently he was in an intoxicated state,” said Ky. State Police Trooper Don Trsoper.

Neighbors say Smith has a big family..lots of kids...and police say Smith got into argument with one of his older daughters.

“As the family tried to leave the residence.and let things settle down, that's when he stepped out and fired a shot at the car,” said Trooper Trosper.

Smith didn't hit the daughter he was angry with. Police say his younger, 13-year-old daughter was hit. Family members say the bullet hit her in the face.

Family members say the shooting was just an accident. They say Smith did not intend to hurt his own daughter.

Whether it was an accident or not...neighbors say the incident is a shocker...especially for a Father to so many kids to do this on a day set aside to being honored.

“I guess Father's Day is considered a holiday and you're wanting to have a good day and honor your father and an incident like this occurred.,” said Trosper.


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  • by sue Location: east ky on Jun 17, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    How could the children ever honor this Dad, ever again? The horror of Father's Day will be with them for life. Maybe the Daddy needs treatment for his alcohol use? Was this somthing that happens often or was it just a rare thing for him to go out and get stinking drunk? I don't think he needs to be in the kids lives any more or if he is then only supervised visits. I know I would never trust him to be alone with the Children.
  • by Anonymous Location: Harrodsburg on Jun 17, 2008 at 05:53 AM
    I agree with you Anon. This was not an accident. He (now that he is sober) and his family may regret that this incident occurred. However, he shot toward the car--shooting his child. He pulled the trigger. The gun did not off by itself. God Bless his children!!!
  • by Anon Location: Pburg on Jun 16, 2008 at 08:06 PM
    Family members say the shooting was an accident? Are they nuts or what? If he didn't intend for the bullet to end up in one of his family members, he should have never fired the gun! Now his innocent child is having to suffer because he couldn't control his alcohol and temper. He could have killed her for crying out loud! The family members who are saying "Oh it was just an accident," need their heads evaluated.
  • by Cindy Location: Pikeville on Jun 16, 2008 at 07:04 PM
    (edited)..guns and alcohol don't mix..again..why would this idiot be firing a weapon at any of his kids???I can't believe that it was reported "that he didn't hit the daughter he was angry with"..(edited)
  • by nancy Location: eastern,ky. on Jun 16, 2008 at 05:54 PM
    baby girl keep hangin on. i said a prayer for you when i heard of this happening. with the lord on your side, you cant ever go wrong. God is and will be with you.

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