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Jaizon Collins & his mother, Tasha Edwards (L) & Fitzgerald McQueen (R)

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– The Madison teacher accused of shooting a teenager after finding the boy in his daughter’s bedroom has responded to the victim’s lawsuit against him.

The shooting happened November 12, 2015 in a home in the 100 block of Thunderbird Drive in Madison County.

The teenager who was shot, Jaizon Collins, was arrested on second-degree rape charges in January. He previously filed a lawsuit through his mother, Tasha Edwards, against Fitzgerald McQueen.

The lawsuit claimed McQueen was negligent and reckless in his actions that night.

“Defendant McQueen, upon seeing something move in his daughter’s closet, moved to investigate and shot Collins, striking him in the stomach,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit then says that McQueen told investigators and made other statements that he did not mean to shoot the teen, that the gun went off accidentally.

The lawsuit contends Collins has suffered severe personal injuries and mental anguish.  Collins was shot in the stomach and the bullet narrowly missed some vital organs and his spinal cord, his attorneys said. He has had to undergo two surgeries — one to remove the bullet and another to repair internal bleeding.

In McQueen’s reply filed Monday morning, he denies all allegations.

His counsel, Chris Messervy, filed the reply and asked the judge to deny the allegations made in Collins’ complaint.

He cited the “Plaintiff’s claims are barred by Plaintiff’s unclean hands and undue influence,” later adding the “Plaintiff’s claims are barred by criminal acts.”

McQueen is charged with first-degree assault as a result of the shooting. He is a fifth grade teacher at Heritage Elementary in Madison and is on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.