Police in Ohio say a father shot and killed his 14-year-old son Tuesday morning after mistaking the teen for an intruder.
During a press briefing, Cincinnati Police Capt. Terry Theetge confirms that the boy had been dropped off at the school bus stop earlier that morning.
Moments later, Georta Mack’s father returned to the family’s residence, retiring to bed, according to Theetge.
Georta decided to skip school, the captain explains, and walked home, entering the residence through a back door.
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Theetge says that Georta retreated to the home’s basement. There, the teen made a noise, waking his father. The police captain says Georta’s dad grabbed a handgun and entered the basement.
Believing the child “was an intruder, he fired one shot,” Theetge explains, noting Georta was struck in the neck and died soon after arriving at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Theetge confirms the father has been cooperating with investigators.
Criminal charges have not been filed in this case, Theetge says.