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Report describes disturbing, ‘destructive’ behavior by 9-year-old accused of killing his father

Mar 21, 2024, 6:30 AM

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A new police report says a 9-year-old boy accused of shooting and killing his father in Tooele last month had displayed "destructive" and disturbing actions and tantrums. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

(Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

TOOELE — A 9-year-old boy accused of shooting and killing his father could be “destructive” when he threw a tantrum, and his anger was typically directed at his father after he had been grounded or disciplined.

That’s what current and past housemates of the Tooele man and his son told police. On Tuesday, Tooele officials released a 45-page redacted report from the police department regarding its investigation into the shocking Feb. 16 shooting death of the 32-year-old father.

About 7:30 p.m. on that day, police were called to 380 W. Millcreek Way (480 South) on a report of a 32-year-old man found in his bedroom with a gunshot wound to his head. The father was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries the next day.

The man’s 9-year-old son “had come out of the room and told others in the house that he heard a bang and that his dad was bleeding from his head and possibly dead,” the police report states.

Doctors later informed detectives that the father’s wounds did not appear to be self-inflicted, as “some were to the back of the head and there were fresh and bleeding cuts to the side, fingers and arm which doctors said appeared to be defensive wounds,” according to the report.
 
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Report describes disturbing, ‘destructive’ behavior by 9-year-old accused of killing his father