An Ohio man thought an intruder was in his home Tuesday morning, but the person in the residence was his teenager son.
The armed man then fatally shot his 14-year-old son who he thought was on his way to school, according to police.
“These types of tragedies are so horrific, they’re even unimaginable,” Police Chief Eliot Isaac told reporters.
The Associated Press reports:
Police said the man thought his son had already caught the bus for school on a snowy morning at around 6:30 a.m., but the teen returned home soon afterward. Police said the man heard a noise in the basement and checked on it with his gun in hand. They said the father fired after apparently being startled, hitting the boy in the neck.
The father called 911 and the boy was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he died, police said.
According to what a police officer at the scene told reporters, the teenager had apparently decided he wasn’t going to school and returned home using the back door.
Lt. Steve Saunders said police interviewed the father and described him as cooperative. Investigators said the incident appeared to be an accidental shooting.
Police Chief Eliot SIssac said the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office will review the case to decide whether the father should face any charges.
Isaac, whose city has made reducing gun violence a top priority for 2016, said the shooting underscored some important messages.
Those who have guns in their homes should get training and make sure they keep them secured, Isaac said.
While referring to indications that the boy had planned to skip school, Isaac said children should “tell the truth: make sure your parents know where you are, absolutely.”
The only problem with that is that teenagers do skip school sometimes and they are unlikely to tell their parents. In contrast, parents are supposed to act like responsible adults especially if they are handling a lethal weapon. As harsh as it sounds since the father is grieving, gun owners need to be held accountable for shooting deaths and injuries.
The names of the victim and the father have not been released.
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