MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – One man is dead and another is in jail charged with first-degree murder after a violent outburst in Maury County late Friday night.

Sources told News 2 it all started as two families were planning for a party. A physical altercation broke out after insults and alleged threats were made.

Arrest documents indicate the altercation also led to cars being smashed in the front yard and one man retrieving a .40 caliber handgun and opening fire.

joshua hurt
Joshua Hurt

According to multiple sources, Joshua Hurt got into an altercation with Jesse Pitts, another neighbor.

The arrest affidavit states the fight became physical with both men reportedly cursing at each other and bumping chests. At one point, the victim yelled and threatened Hurt’s wife.

That’s when Pitts reportedly began to ram Hurts mini-van with his own car.

Moments later, Hurt allegedly walked into the house through the garage door and said, “I’m sorry, but I shot him.” That’s when 911 was called.

According to the arrest affidavit, Hurt admitted to drinking eight beers. He also told investigators he was just trying to protect his family

He remains in jail under a $200,000 bond on charges of premeditated first-degree murder.

Read the complete story by WKRN here.

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