A bizarre family encounter played out on Independence Day when police say an elderly man planted a gun in his daughter's yard, then shot his son-in-law with it.
According to a police report, Martha Brady looked out the patio door of her home on Spring Creek Court in Far North Dallas around noon Wednesday and saw her father, Nicolas Markin, in the backyard.
Markin does not live with his daughter, and neighbors told the Dallas Morning News they believe he is estranged from his family and possibly mentally ill.
Martha's husband Douglas Brady went into the backyard to confront Markin, according to the police report.
The two men struggled, and Markin reached down and pulled out the pistol he had hidden in the grass, police said.
Markin allegedly shot 52-year-old Douglas Brady at least twice, striking him in the arm and the abdomen.
Brady ran across the street, banging on a neighbor's front door for help. The horrified neighbor dialed 911 as soon as he saw the blood, then spotted Markin walk down the street brandishing the pistol.
Shortly afterward, police arrived on the street, and Markin turned and went back to his daughter's house.
According to the police report, Markin went in the front door, then went to the back bedroom where his daughter and two grandchildren were hiding and started to jiggle the locked doorknob.
However, police called him outside and convinced him to surrender, the report says.
Brady was rushed to Baylor Medical Center in Plano and is being treated for his gunshot wounds.
Markin is charged with aggravated assault.