“[Jarrod Thomas] Umphlett’s boat rammed a boat carrying John Clark Purvis Sr. and Wildlife Resources Commission member Richard Edwards,” foxnews.com reports. Mr. Purvis is North Carolina Governor Cooper’s cuz. And, but this account, a duck hunter who’s lucky to be alive . . .
Umphlett [above] boarded the boat, hit Purvis in the back of the head with his fist, also hit him on the shoulder and yelled racial slurs multiple times, the report said. All three men are white. The report says Umphlett threatened to “crush your skull in this lake.”
Purvis told deputies he pointed his shotgun at Umphlett to get him to stop his attack. The report said Purvis was bruised and had a bump on his head but was not seriously injured.
The men also said as they were leaving the lake that Umphlett told them he would kill them if they came back, according to the report.
The cause of the kerfuffle? Umphlett accused the pair of hunting in his duck blind.
Never mess with another man’s duck blind! That said, there is such a thing as civility and regard for your own life. When the man you’re accusing of trespass is holding a shotgun it pays to remember that an armed society is — or should be — a polite society.
It’s not known if Umphlett has an attorney. Deputies said when they went to his home to question him, Umphlett used the racial slurs multiple times again to refer to the men, whom he also called “rich pretty white boys.” He also told authorities he got no closer than 15 feet to the other boat and that the men were trying to run away when he saw them . . .
The sheriff’s office said Umphlett was also charged in a similar incident Dec. 27 when he and another man confronted a man and his son on the same lake. The report on that incident said Umphlett again used racial slurs even though the man and his son were white. The man said the harassment continued until he and his son left to hunt at a different location.
For his latest “get off my lawn” moment, the racist slur slinging Mr. Umphlett faces multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
For our part, it pays to remember that two-legged creatures can be just as territorial as animals with four legs. Know your hunting ground and who owns it.