Report: Man who hit fiancee's dad with gun arrested

Nathan Scott Perry

A Murray County man was arrested after a deputy was told the man hit the father of his fiancee on the head with an air BB handgun, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

Nathan Scott Perry, 36, of 267 McEntire Road, Chatsworth, was charged Monday by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office with aggravated assault (family violence), two counts of terroristic threats and acts, and simple battery (family violence). He was being held without bond in the jail on Thursday.

According to the report, officers went to 267 McEntire Road shortly after 5 p.m. in response to a 911 call by Jimmy Collins. Collins’ daughter Kayla is the fiancee of Perry, Perry told a deputy. Officers found Jimmy Collins, 64, sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck with “blood coming from a deep laceration on the top of his head and left ear.”

Jimmy and Kayla Collins as well as his brother Jerry Collins told similar tales of what happened before the officers arrived. Jimmy and Jerry Collins were outside of the residence and Jimmy Collins heard Perry and Kayla Collins arguing inside. Kayla Collins said the two were arguing because she was going to eat with her father. The argument moved outside, and Jimmy Collins told Perry to not hit her again, the report said. Jerry Collins said he heard Perry say, “I have not, but what are you going to do about it?”

Jerry Collins said the two began fighting near the driveway and he saw Perry hit Jimmy Collins "on the top of his head with something.” Kayla Collins said her father was struck with a gun and she grabbed Perry around the neck trying to get the gun away from him. She said Perry threw her down onto the concrete driveway. The report noted that Kayla Collins was “bleeding from a deep laceration under her knee.”

Kayla Collins said that after hitting her father, Perry was still holding the gun and threatened to kill them. As he was leaving, Perry threw the gun into the bushes along the driveway, she said. Deputies found a black Springfield Smith & Wesson M&P 40 air pistol.

Officers found Perry in another yard on the same road. He told the officers he had been in an argument with his fiancee and she told him to leave. He said Jimmy and Jerry Collins “jumped” him and that he called 911 after leaving the residence. In response to a question from a deputy, he said he didn’t have a gun. He said if he had stayed the Collins brothers “would have killed him.”

The deputy determined, based on the several statements that Perry had assaulted Jimmy and Kayla Collins, that Perry was the "primary aggressor" and arrested him.

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