May 18, 2021

Heard County man facing charges after shooting his younger brother

(Franklin, GA) — A 54-year-old Heard County man is facing charges after shooting his younger brother in the head during an argument.

Bruce David Popphan is charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder and Aggravated Assault following the incident that took place at 260 Whitlock Drive near the Corinth community in southwestern Heard County.

Bruce David Popphan (Photo: HCSO)

According to a report by Heard County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Dan Boswell, authorities received a 911 phone call from the men’s mother and responded to the scene at around 8:30 AM this morning.

Boswell says that Bruce David Popphan was the only one armed and fired several shots at his brother from approximately 10-12 feet away.

One of the shots grazed the younger brother’s head, but his injuries are not considered to be critical or life-threatening.

Bruce Davie Popphan is the same man who was charged with burning military flags in downtown Franklin in April of 2017.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are a possibility.

Stay tuned to for further information as it becomes available.

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