Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin, reportedly had to pull a gun on his son, Track, during an alleged attack Saturday that left Todd with various injuries and Track in jail.
What in the world happened?
According to charging documents obtained by the Anchorage Daily News, the alleged incident — which occurred at the home of Todd and Sarah — stemmed from a dispute over a truck that Track wanted to use.
The documents stated that Todd told Track no, because Track had reportedly been drinking and was on pain medication.
According to a sworn affidavit, Wasilla Police Officer Adam LaPointe said that Track — who had warned Todd ahead of time that he was coming and had promised to “beat his ass” — arrived at the family home.
Todd said he told Track not to come and got his pistol “to protect his family,” documents read.
LaPointe said that an armed Todd met Track at the door when his son made good on his promise to show up at the house.
The affidavit reported that Track was not deterred by Todd’s weapon, and instead, broke a nearby window, crawled into the home, and began his attack on Todd.
Track reportedly knocked Todd to the ground and repeatedly punched him in the head.
Court records show that Sarah phoned authorities on Saturday to complain that her son was “freaking out” and was on “some type of medication.”
Todd reportedly suffered various injuries, including to the face and head.
Track was arrested on charges of felony first-degree burglary, misdemeanor criminal mischief, and fourth-degree assault, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said Track told officers he’d had a few beers earlier and gotten into a fight with his father over a vehicle.
In a statement to People, John Tiemessen — an attorney for the Palin family — urged the public to respect the Palin family’s privacy.
“Given the nature of actions addressed last night by law enforcement and the charges involved, the Palins are unable to comment further,” Tiemessen told the outlet. “They ask that the family’s privacy is respected during this challenging situation just as others dealing with a struggling family member would also request.”
Is there more?
This is the second domestic violence incident Track has reportedly been involved in two years.
In January 2016, Track was arrested after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend and pointing a weapon at her.
According to court records, Track was charged with domestic violence assault, interfering with the reporting of a domestic violence crime, and possessing weapons while intoxicated.
Track later accepted a plea deal in which the domestic violence assault and interfering with the reporting of a domestic violence crime charges were dropped.
Kevin Fitzgerald, an attorney for Track, told the Anchorage Daily News in August 2016 that the deal required Track to complete an alcohol-related treatment program.