12 year old shoots his own father in Eastpointe, Michigan

by Hank Winchester


A 12-year-old Michigan boy is in custody after shooting his father.

The father, Fred Farmer, and his son were in their home in Eastpointe when the shooting occurred, police said.
Farmer is recovering in the hospital.

He told police he was shot by his son.

Moments after he was shot Farmer grabbed his cell phone and called 911.

Police said the son shot his father in the chest and arm and then rode off on his bicycle, dropping the gun on the balcony of a nearby apartment building.

"It's pretty unusual and tragic. Father and son lived together in the home alone. At this time we don't know what prompted the shooting," Inspector John Calabrese said.
Police said the boy told them he was abused.

The father told police he was just trying to control an out-of-control child.

Police said the boy obtained the gun from another family.

Prosecutors are expected to make a decision Thursday on whether charges will be filed.