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No Charges to be Brought Against Clayton Twp. Man in Shooting of Son

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A Clayton Township man who shot and killed his 17-year-old son on February 3rd will not have charges brought against him after Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton ruled the man’s actions were legally justified.

According to investigative reports, police were dispatched to the family’s home after the 64-year-old man shot his son once in the abdomen during a violent physical confrontation between the man’s son and his wife and daughter.

Leyton said the father was in his bedroom when he heard the dispute and came out to find his son punching his mother and sister. The father, who is a double amputee and uses a wheelchair, shot his son with a .45 caliber handgun. The son was transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint where he was pronounced dead.

In a news release, Leyton said “this was a very sad and tragic situation, but based on all the evidence, I have determined that the father was legally justified in using deadly force against his son in defense of his wife and daughter.”

The prosecutor noted that the 17-year-old son had a lengthy juvenile record that had included previous violent confrontations with family members.

Leyton added he rarely advocates using deadly force “unless absolutely necessary” but in this case “I think the father did what he needed to do to protect himself and his wife and daughter. It’s just a very sad situation all around and my heart goes out to the family.”

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