Covington man arrested for shooting his own son

Jody Camardelle, 43
Jody Camardelle, 43

Covington, La. - A Covington man has been arrested for shooting his 19-year old son in the abdomen during a disturbance at a house party, St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain said.

Police say 43 year-old Jody Camardelle was booked with 2nd degree battery.

Officers received a call from Camardelle's residence around 10:00pm Saturday reporting the shooting.

Witnesses reported Camardelle and his son got into an argument during a party at the father's house.

The son and his girlfriend went to the front yard of the home in an attempt to let the father calm down.  A short time later, Camardelle emerged from his garage armed with a gun and began shouting at his son.  Camardelle fired one round, striking his son in the abdomen.

Paramedics treated the victim at the scene and transported him to a hospital in New Orleans.

Camardelle was still at the residence when Sheriff's deputies arrived.  He was brought to the Sheriff's office complex for questioning; however, he was uncooperative with detectives.

An arrest warrant was obtained and Camardelle was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail early Sunday morning.

Camardelle's bond has not yet been set.