A man allegedly fired numerous shots, including one that struck another man’s pickup truck, during a brief but violent altercation on Oconee Road in Buckhead.
According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Robert “Scotty” Watkins, 49, of Madison, was arrested without incident sitting on the porch of his Cochran Road residence on Thursday, Dec. 30, at approximately 11 p.m. and charged with aggravated assault and reckless conduct after he allegedly fired a Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol first in the air and then into the tailgate of the truck of a man he had confronted on Cochran Road.
Reports state that Watkins accused the man of delivering methamphetamine to his son and daughter. The man told deputies he denied the accusation and an argument ensued. The man then said Watkins presented a pistol and asked the man, “You see this?”
The man said Watkins then allegedly hung the pistol outside the window of his truck before he starting firing the handgun into the air, close to the man’s head, reports state.
The man said after he recovered from “shock” he attempted to drive his truck away and Watkins allegedly shot his truck. The man said one round struck concrete on the road and the second round hit his truck.
A deputy noted that the man’s 1991 Ford Ranger had a bullet hole in the tailgate of the truck. The bullet, reports state, had splintered off after striking the tailgate.
After speaking with the man and recording the bullet hole, deputies located Watkins at his Cochran Road residence. Reports state that Watkins allegedly admitted to shooting the firearm in the air but denied shooting at the man or his truck. However, after a deputy described the bullet hole in the tailgate, Watkins allegedly said, “Just go ahead and take me then.”
Deputies also spoke to a woman at Watkins’ residence who had also been in Watkins’ truck when the confrontation took place. She initially told deputies that Watkins had not fired at the man but later recanted and said Watkins had, in fact, fired one or two rounds at the truck.
Five expired shell casings were found in Watkins’ truck and three other shell casings were found at the scene of the argument.