When ordered by police to raise his hands, Dakota Thornton allegedly told cops, "I shot my brother"

By Chris Harris
April 01, 2016 02:20 PM
Dauphin County Prison

A romantic rivalry between brothers allegedly motivated a 15-year-old Pennsylvania teen to fatally shoot his 18-year-old brother on Wednesday, according to court records obtained by PEOPLE.

Police responded to a Williamstown, Pennsylvania, home just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a 911 call claiming that Dakota Thornton had killed older brother Dominick Thornton, according to records.

Officers arrived to find Dominick dead from a single shotgun blast, the records state.

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Detectives tracked down Dakota Thornton, who was sitting in an adjacent apartment. As he was ordered by officers to place his hands above his head, Dakota allegedly told them, “I shot my brother,” court records state.

Dominic and Dakota Thornton
Source: Dominic Thornton/Facebook

Back at police headquarters, Dakota allegedly told detectives he shot his brother because he was romantically interested in his girlfriend.

According to an affidavit, Dakota allegedly told police he had loaded the shotgun he used to kill Dominick about two minutes before taking aim at his brother.

Dakota has been charged as an adult with one count of murder and one count of possessing an instrument of a crime with intent, according to prosecutors.

The teen is being held without bail. Online court records do not indicate whether Dakota has retained legal counsel.

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