Teen shoots dad during argument over bedtime in Forest Park home, police say

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 6:17 AM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 10:53 AM EDT
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FOREST PARK, Ohio (WXIX) - An argument between a juvenile and his father at their Forest Park home ended with the teen shooting and wounding him early Wednesday, according to Forest Park police.

Officers responded just after midnight to Holgate Drive.

A 17-year-old girl inside the home called 911 and reported her younger 15-year-old stepbrother shot his father, according to a recording of the call released to FOX19 NOW.

The shooting stemmed from an argument between the teen and his father about going to bed, Forest Park Police Lt. Adam Pape explained.

She said there were six total people in the home, including a 5-year-old child, and most of them were with her, hiding in an upstairs bedroom, the recording explains.

She told the dispatcher the victim is her step-father. She said he was on the first floor downstairs and she believed her step-brother also was downstairs and still armed.

A SWAT team was aware of the situation and standing by if needed, according to a dispatch report to police.

The victim was shot in the stomach, the report states and taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The man, who is 45, is expected to recover from the single gunshot wound, according to Lt. Pape. The teen suspect is 15, Lt. Pape said.

While the girl was talking to the dispatcher, she said her step-brother had just left the home on foot.

She said he did not have a car and she was not sure which way he was going.

Officers sent a K-9 out to help track him but were unable to find him, Pape said.

According to the lieutenant, the 15-year-old walked to a business on Kemper Springs and stole a car. The teen then drove the stolen vehicle to Lexington, Kentucky, where his mom lives, Lt. Pape explained.

Knowing where the teen was heading, Pape says Forest Park police called Lexington police.

Officers in Lexington, along with a SWAT team for backup, went to the mom’s home, Pape said. The SWAT team was never needed, he said. The 15-year-old surrendered peacefully around 5 p.m. and is now in custody in Lexington, according to Lt. Pape.

The 15-year-old will first have to go through the extradition process in Kentucky before returning to Forest Park to face felonious assault and auto theft charges, the lieutenant said.

Lt. Pape said Forest Park officers were driving to Lexington Wednesday night to speak with the teen.

The gun used by the teen does not belong to his dad or stepmom, so Pape said they are unsure where he got it. Pape said the gun has not been found yet and Lexington police are searching the mom’s home for it.

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