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BREAKING NEWS - Son charged with trying to kill attorney father

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By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY - A man faces two counts of attempted murder after allegedly crashing his pickup truck into his father's home Sunday night, trying to kick down a door leading into the house and then brandishing a loaded shotgun at him.

Patrick C. Hagedorn, 27, of 123 14th St., Tell City, is charged with trying to kill his father, Tell City attorney Michael Hagedorn. The younger Hagedorn is being held in the Perry County Jail on $60,000 bail. He also faces charges of burglary, intimidation, criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, criminal mischief and pointing a loaded firearm.

Tell City Police Sgt. Lynn Wooldridge and Officer Greg Linne arrested Hagedorn at 13th and Pestalozzi streets while he was allegedly fleeing the scene. Police said Michael Hagedorn's girlfriend, Ashley Berg, was smoking a cigarette outside the home at 2404 Pestalozzi St. when she noticed a pickup truck pull into a driveway across the street. She said the driver then backed up and pulled into the Hagedorn driveway at a high rate of speed, spinning its tires. The driver allegedly threatened Berg, who told officers she had to move out of the way to avoid being struck. She ran inside the home.

The driver of the truck, identified by police as Patrick Hagedorn, collided with two parked vehicles, a 2008 Mercedes and a Chevrolet pickup truck, and rammed into the home's garage. A Toyota Camry parked inside the garage was also damaged, Linne said, and may have been stuck by the garage door pushed in by the impact.

Michael Hagedorn told police he heard a loud crash and saw a man standing in the garage pointing a gun at him. Michael Hagedorn told police he closed and locked the door and called police.

Patrick Hagedorn, who police said tried to kick in the door into the home, allegedly broke a kitchen window before getting back into the truck and leaving.

Officers responding to the call saw Patrick Hagedorn leaving the scene. A short pursuit ensued before Hagedorn stopped his truck in the middle of Pestalozzi Street and was ordered to the ground by officers.

Officers found a loaded 20-gauge shotgun on the lawn outside the home but said no shots were fired.

Court documents allege Patrick Hagedorn contemplated killing his father the previous day. He allegedly told police he had thrown a shotgun alongside the road near his father's house Saturday night and had parked his vehicle at the nearby Golden Living Center-Lincoln Hills. Hagedorn told police he retrieved the weapon but could not get close enough to the residence.

Hagedorn faces between 20 and 50 years in prison on each of the two Class A felonies.