Father and Son Argument Escalates to Shooting
On June 3, 2014, at approximately 11:30 pm, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting at 128 Silver Beach Boulevard in Pomona Park. The initial investigation revealed that a father and his adult son engaged in a fight. The fight escalated and ultimately ended when the father retrieved a .22 caliber rifle and shot his son.
The father, Clay Jernigan, 53 YOA, stated he was asleep in bed when his son, Tyler Blair, 30 YOA, who also lives with him suddenly began yelling and screaming and banging on the walls. Jernigan stated he arose from bed to see what was going on and was confronted by his son who was irate. Blair had allegedly been drinking a large amount of tequila sometime prior to the shooting.
According to the police report, Blair began beating Jernigan and throwing him around the house. Jernigan suffered numerous bruises and scrapes and a shoulder injury. Blair allegedly walked away into the kitchen at some point during the attack. Jernigan took that opportunity to grab a .22 caliber rifle to defend himself from further attack.
Blair returned a few moments later and became violent again. Jernigan, acting out of fear, fired the weapon at Blair. This stopped Blair’s attack. Jernigan then rendered first aid and called 911.
Jernigan was transported by ambulance to Putnam Community Medical Center treatment. Blair was transported by air ambulance to Shands at UF for treatment. Both Blair and Jernigan were reported to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries at the time of this release.
The shooting investigation is ongoing at this time. Additional details regarding the investigation and potential criminal charges relating to the shooting will be released when they become available.