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An El Dorado man suspected of assaulting his elderly father is scheduled for his first appearance today in district court.

Brandon Pratt, 42, was arrested in the very early hours yesterday morning after Union County Sheriff’s deputies were called to his residence on Cattle Lane in reference to shots fired.

Pratt’s father told deputies that his son began screaming at him, saying “hit me,” according to the police report. Brandon Pratt then allegedly shoved his 60-plus year-old father, the report says.

Pratt’s mother said she arrived home from a game of Bunko to find her son threatening to kill her husband, herself and his own girlfriend, who was also at the residence. She said Brandon Pratt grabbed a shotgun, saying first he would kill the three of them, then that he would kill himself, according to the report.

Brandon Pratt walked outside and fired once, leading the others at the residence to follow him outside, at which point he and his girlfriend left the premises and the UCSO was contacted.

Deputies began a search for Pratt after speaking with his family, with one deputy remaining at their residence in case he returned. Pratt was spotted at a road near to his home and a deputy was able to detain him.

According to the police report, Pratt admitted to the deputy that he had fired the shotgun. He was then arrested and is currently being held at the UCSO Detention Facility.

Pratt is scheduled for his first appearance this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. He is facing charges of second-degree domestic battery, first-degree terroristic threatening and aggravated assault on a family or household member, all felonies.

He could face up to 22 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Caitlan Butler can be reached at 870-862-6611 or cbutler@eldoradonews.com.

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