Father Released After Shooting Son to Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan authorities have released a man they say fatally shot his 17-year-old son after the teen punched and shoved his mother and sister at the family home near Flint.
The man was freed Monday from the Genesee County jail, where he'd been held after his arrest Sunday.
The shooting happened about 1:15 p.m. Sunday in Clayton Township, about 10 miles west of Flint.
Police Chief Scott Pavlik says the shooting followed an argument between the teen and his mother and sister.
The chief says the 64-year-old father shot his son once in the abdomen.
Pavlik says the teen was well known to police, who had several dealings with him over the youth's behavior.
"The mother and son got into an argument," said Clayton Township Police Chief Scott Pavlik. "The mother told him to relax and then he went downstairs."
The youth returned and threw a wheelchair across the living room, which rekindled the argument, Pavlik said.
The mother, son and sister moved to the kitchen, where the son "began punching and shoving both of them," the police chief said.
The boy's father, 64, was in a bedroom when the fight started, Pavlik said.
"He kind of heard the commotion and put two and two together, because he knew how violent (the son) could be," the chief said.
Police have had "a lot of contact with behavioral issues with the son," Pavlik said.
The father left the bedroom with a .45 caliber handgun and shot his son once in the abdomen, Pavlik said. He said the son was taken to Hurley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead about 2:15 p.m.
Six family members inside the home were taken to police headquarters for interviews, the chief said.
"They voluntarily came down to the station," Pavlik said. "They were cooperative, obviously distraught, but cooperated."
The father was being held Monday in the Genesee County jail on an open murder charge and a firearms charge. An open murder charge means that authorities are free to proceed with prosecution on either first- or second-degree murder. Authorities withheld his name because he hadn't yet appeared in court.


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  • by James Location: Lansing on Feb 7, 2013 at 01:50 PM
    Sounds like a clear cut self defense case to me. I'm hoping the prosecutor drops all charges. The father having to live the rest of life dealing with killing his own son, is punishment enough.
  • by Anonomys Location: Flushing on Feb 6, 2013 at 06:41 AM
    I know him i have known him for a couple years i used to see him hanging out down town every day. I have never seen him ever be violent and if he was it could have been easily prevented he is not that big of a kid.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Feb 5, 2013 at 09:48 AM
    Sounds like this elderly man was defending himself and his wife from a violent and dangerous person...how can he be charged with murder when he was in danger of his (and his wife's)personal safety and maybe even their lives?? I hope these charges get dropped ASAP!!
  • by Valgus Location: Oxter, MI on Feb 5, 2013 at 06:51 AM
    What an absolute tragedy and shame. A 45 caliber handgun is lethal. Is this going to fuel the "guns are at fault and bad” lobby? Non lethal means may have been tried many times to protect the family. In retrospect, 911 on speed dial, pepper spray and a big stick would have been preferable. In the past century; problem, out of control, dangerous young men like the decedent would have been institutionalized.
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