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Man charged with attempted murder

PINSON, Ala. -- A Pinson man was charged with attempted
murder for holding a gun to his son's head and pulling the trigger
in the midst of a tantrum after Alabama's double overtime loss to
Arkansas Saturday.

The bullet narrowly missed 20-year-old Seth Logan, who said he
picked the wrong time to ask his dad for a car, sheriff's spokesman
Deputy Randy Christian said Monday.

Joseph Alan Logan, 46, surrendered to police Saturday and was
charged with attempted murder and domestic violence. He was
released from the Jefferson County jail Sunday on $7,500 bond.

"I know we take football serious in the South," Christian told
The Birmingham News for a Tuesday story, "but that's crossing the
line."

The request upset Joseph Logan because his son has already
wrecked several vehicles, Logan told investigators.

"He claimed he was just trying to scare his son," Christian
said.

According to the police report, Joseph Logan had been drinking
alcohol and began slamming doors, tossing boxes and throwing dishes
in the sink after the Crimson Tide lost its football game to
Arkansas 34-31 in double overtime Saturday.

While Joseph Logan was throwing the tantrum, Seth Logan asked
for a new car.

Joseph Logan then retrieved a 9 mm pistol from his car, grabbed
his son by the collar and pressed the gun to his son's forehead,
the report said.

Logan threatened to shoot his son in the head, then pulled the
trigger.

Seth Logan moved his head just as his father fired and the
bullet whizzed past him, the report said.

Seth Logan fled to a neighbor's house to call police. He told
police his ear was numb and his head ringing, but he was OK.

Sheriff's authorities called the SWAT team after discovering the
armed father still had a 13-year-old son in the house with him.

Joseph Alan Logan walked out of the house with the other son and
turned himself in to police just before the SWAT team arrived,
Christian said.