Thursday 3 p.m. Update (AP) — A 14-year-old northeast Kansas boy is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his father during a custody exchange with the man’s ex-wife.
The teen was charged in the juvenile division of Johnson County District Court on Wednesday, one day after the shooting outside a business in Shawnee.
Police and prosecutors have not commented on a possible motive. The boy’s appointed attorney declined to comment while he continued gathering information.
Authorities have said the boy’s mother and stepfather brought him to the business Tuesday afternoon to exchange custody with the 46-year-old father. Investigators say the boy approached his father’s car and shot him with a handgun.
The Associated Press is not naming the father because of the boy’s age.
The shooting occurred around 3 p.m. Tuesday during a custody exchange in the Johnson County community of Shawnee.
Police said the boy’s mother and stepfather had taken him to a business in rural Shawnee to exchange custody with the mother’s ex-husband.
Investigators believe the boy walked over to a car where his father was waiting and shot him with a handgun. The mother and stepfather were inside the building at the time.
The father’s name has not been released. Police say they have no other suspects and don’t yet know a possible motive.