Stepfather Shoots 16 Year Old After He Broke Stay-At-Home Order

Sandy Malone

Bernie Hargrove is facing murder charges after he shot 16-year-old De'onte Roberts during a quarantine altercation.

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.”

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flybynight
flybynight

The racist virus would have taken him down anyway. Some call it culling the herd ......... One at a time. Right lowestcom?

Creekside.hackmods21
Creekside.hackmods21

omg

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Kid dies cause mom makes great choices in men..

And it was just some random guy who kills him
.bet mom sticks by her loser.

Blueknight47
Blueknight47

Oh No! Not another person of color Criminal action?
Teen obviously had NO RESPECT for Parental Respect!
One example of Why the country is So FKD UP!

ikaika
ikaika

WTF? What kind of loser shoots a teenager over teenage misbehavior? Locking the kid out was bad enough, but killing him when he tried to get back in? Color doesn't matter. Who was the adult?

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Oh no, while this is absolutely horrific and I'm certainly NOT pleased to see this sadness or making light of it, but how are @h0ghestcomndenom, @Hi_estComnDenomn, @Burgers Allday, @Cop Watch going to be able to criticize and find fault with the police on this one? They didn't do it, it was not a racist killing? How will they be able to make it through the day without being able to bitch, piss, and moan about something the police did? This one wasn't on them, it was knucklehead adult!

MomaL
MomaL

There is a huge difference, between Discipline, and Violence. I have never known any teenager to not get ticked -off at a parent, or guardian. In my opinion, the step-father must have issues of having a bad temper, and may even have problems with power and control.
As for the mother of the boy who was murdered, we cannot judge her. Marriage is a bond that is beyond just living with someone. If, as I suspect about the step-father, mom is just as much a target of the man's rages, as her son was, evidently.
I am a mother of two sons, and one daughter. I have twelve grandchildren, from my daughter and her husband, several from my eldest son, who I have never had the pleasure of meeting, yet, and I am a great-grandmother of one great-grandson, and two great-granddaughters. So, I can safely say that I have cared for many children, and met many adults, over my 73 years of living and caring for others. I am praying for De'Onte's soul, and both of his parents. I am also praying for the police officers who had to see another child, shot dead. My heart goes out to all who are affected by this sad, heart-breaking tragedy. God bless them all, and God bless the rest of us.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

It’s amazing to read the Monday morning quarterbacks here

No facts just useless opinions

If you want to make a statement get the facts and do so

Anything else just clouds the truth

I was not there I do not know the WHOLE STORY

I did see bars on the doors of the residence

Violent neighborhood? Just installed to keep the violent man out??

A “teenager”??? Please stop diminishing the perp by claiming he is a child

We do not know all the facts criminal histories
Medical histories etc...

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Great choices in names too. De’Onte?

barton4950
barton4950

To everybody making comments not in favor of stepdad: try to imagine being that guy waking up in a cell this morning. His temper got away from him absolutely no doubt, but maybe as opposed to some "competition" thing, he was really concerned even paranoid about getting covid-19? Not only for himself, but for the kid's mom too? Were there other kids in the house? Older folks? Compromised person? We don't know anything from this article. There are a thousand different possibilities. You've gotta feel a LITTLE bad for the guy. And the stepson too - a 16 y.o. being a 16 y.o.. Bad situation all around.

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

"The kid breaks the door down"... He gets shot in the chest multiple times?
This man knew he'd come back, so he put a gun in his reach and shot the 16 year old. But I'm sure they'll plead his case down because assholes like this get off and wifey will back up hubby

The express
The express

Killing him is a little over the top, however this guy came in fighting so he got what he got. I feel bad for the step father not the punkass guy that is not here anymore.

BradyStuart
BradyStuart

This happened at midnight. Perhaps stepdad heard the front door being kicked in and responded with a gun for a possible burglary. The step son. 16 yoa, is big enough to pose a threat and being mad and was able to kick the door open, there may not have been much time for communication.. NOW that fb t justify killing the son,... unless the man thought his life was in danger. After 25 yrs on the job, I have seen a little bit. As for those dumbasses that bash cops or scream race, they really do know better. They just want to provoke responses from us which they use to cite as us all being racist.

BradyStuart
BradyStuart

Well spell checked myself. NOW, I don’t say that to justify....

Balkanbobby
Balkanbobby

Lots of speculation here. If you weren't there, don't pretend your investigative results are accurate.

NomonK
NomonK

It's tragic that this 16 yr old wasn't taught to obey as he grew up. 16 yr olds don't just start being disrespectful and disobedient all at once.
I honestly feel sorry for both.

bryantrent
bryantrent

The Stepfather was a jerk

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I kinda want to know what the tox screen on the teenager reveals....

Stanracer
Stanracer

This pandemic is making people go a little crazy.

Judgesson
Judgesson

Primal instincts of self preservation! Wait until case is adjudicated then start conversation

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

So I can barely stand my roommate right now, but I’m not going to shoot her. I’m not being racist but I’d like to know why blacks have become the poster children for so much thuggery.

RunCop
RunCop

NNBS

Sgvette
Sgvette

Another misleading headline. He wasn’t shot over the quarantine violation. He was shot after breaking down a locked door to enter and beginning a physical altercation. It’s called home invasion.

spd522
spd522

Just call it late term abortion and the media and lefties will be fine with it.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Another breeder off the streets.

Nyewyorkrealtalk
Nyewyorkrealtalk

First of all none of yall was there I was .. he was a good kid and his stepfather was also a nice guy. He wanted to hang out with his friends and play ball , yes his family told him not to go out and yes he slept on the porch alot while put out. He was 16 and didnt deserve to die. Fyi he didnt kick the door in his step dad pushed the door closed in his face and he pushed back at 8pm not midnight. The door broke , his stepdad pushed him and he hit him back. Deonte was already outside the closed screen door when his stepdad shot him 3 times . So get your facts straight before yall judge please. Its affecting all of us. S.i.p tay


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