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Milwaukee, WI — A father frustrated with his son’s heroin addiction admitted to police that he shot the 27-year-old in the arm, but claims it was an accident.

Richard Matte told police he just wanted to scare his son by shooting into a wall.

Zak Matte reportedly told police his father entered his bedroom while he was injecting heroin into his right arm. Richard asked Zak if any money he had recently given to him had been used to buy heroin. Zak replied that it hadn’t — it was used to buy pot.

Zak claims his father asked him to turn and look at a hole in the wall. He then shot him.

“I shot my son in the arm on accident,” Richard told a 911 dispatcher. At some point in the conversation with the dispatcher, Richard expressed his frustration with his son’s drug use and said he just snapped. “I just got pushed to the point where I couldn’t take it anymore.”

Richard was charged with one count of reckless endangerment and remains free on $15,000 bail. If convicted, he could face up to 17 years behind bars.

Zak is currently recovering from the injury.

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