An Alabama man accidentally shot his teenage son after the boy allegedly behaved erratically and threateningly, according to local police.
55-year-old Sexton Adams said that his son, a high school football player, was behaving strangely when he came back to their McIntosh home on Friday. Adams took out his .38 Special revolver to scare his son back into his wits, he told authorities.
But then the pistol accidentally went off, killing 17-year-old Darius Adams.
“He cocked the pistol and in the process, according to him, the pistol went off,” said Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer. “You know, it’s just a very tragic thing. The man killed his own son. It just doesn’t get much worse than that.”
Adams was rushed to the University of South Alabama Medical Center by SouthFlight and pronounced dead later that morning.
According to The Call News, the father is well respected in his church and community.
“I don’t know what went on, but I know Sexton tried to raise him right. He definitely tried to raise him right. I do know that,” neighbor Edward Thomas said.
Sexton told Fox 10 TV that his son’s funeral was being arranged, but that the family must wait on autopsy results. He declined to comment further on the tragedy.
Meanwhile authorities continue to investigate the crime. Adams could be tried by a grand jury if enough evidence were found to indict him.
“We’ll learn more as time progresses,” Stringer said. “Of course, we will try to determine what caused this boy to become so irate and act the way he acted when his father shot him.”