A Cincinnati father shot and killed his son after mistaking the teenager for a home invader.
The 73-year-old man, who was not named, believed his son, Georta Mack, 14, had taken a bus to school Jan. 12 and the man was in bed at 6:30 a.m. when he heard noises coming from his home's basement, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
"The 14-year-old then decides he's not going to go to school today, and comes back home through the backyard, into the back door, [into the] basement of the home, unbeknownst to dad," Cincinnati police Capt. Terri Theetge said. "And the dad hears noise in the basement, goes downstairs believing there's an intruder in the home, and ends up firing a shot."
The bullet struck the Georta in his neck, police said. The father called 911, and paramedics rushed the teenager to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where he was declared dead at 8:15 a.m.
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Police were questioning the father as of late morning, Cincinnati's WXIX reported, and believed the shooting was accidental. Theetge, who called the shooting an "extremely tragic event," said authorities haven't decided whether the father will face criminal charges.
"We'll be having a discussion with the prosecutors later today or sometime this week and take it from there, on their advice," she said.