Stepfather Shoots 16 Year Old After He Broke Stay-At-Home Order
Atlanta, GA – A stepfather is facing murder charges after he shot his 16-year-old stepson during a fight about the teen violating the stay-at-home order on Wednesday night.
The mother of the victim, De’onte Roberts, told police that she and her husband had been fighting with her 16-year-old son earlier in the day because they wanted him to stay home, in accordance with the state’s coronavirus pandemic restrictions, WSB reported.
“The victim’s mother told detectives that that there had been a dispute earlier in the day when the 16-year-old refused his parents orders to remain in the home and comply with recent shelter in place directives,” Atlanta Police Spokesman Officer Steve Avery told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a statement.
Roberts defied his mother and stepfather, 42-year-old Bernie Hargrove, and left the house anyway to spend time with friends, WTVY reported.
But then just after midnight, Roberts returned home to the residence on Lisbon Drive and found that he had been locked out of his house, according to WSB.
The teenager became enraged and kicked the front door of the house in, WTVY reported.
“Later, the victim returned to the home and kicked in the door to the house where a physical fight began between the suspect and the victim,” Officer Avery said. “During that altercation, the victim was shot.”
The 16-year-old was shot in the chest, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Police said Hargrove shot his stepson multiple times, WTVY reported.
Roberts was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died.
Officer Avery said Hargrove was taken into custody at the home without incident and questioned overnight at police headquarters, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The stepfather was arrested early on Thursday morning.
Hargrove was charged with felony murder and booked into the Fulton County Jail, WTVY reported.
Police reminded citizens of the need for families to remain calm while they are in quarantine, WSB reported.
"When the pressure gets hot, you just have to take a deep breath and you have to separate,” Atlanta Police Capt. D’Andrea Price advised. “People are on top of each other right now. We're staying in the house.”