The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating a fatal shooting after a boy allegedly killed his father on Saturday, during a domestic altercation.
NBC10 reports that a 12-year-old boy shot his father, Kevron Thomas ‘Tommy’ Durham, 56, in the chest after the child intervened during a domestic violence dispute. According to TBI, the incident occurred in a home off of Twin Bridge Road in the Deer Lodge Community of Morgan County.
The boy reportedly retrieved a loaded rifle from inside the home and broke up the dispute with two gunshots fired at Durham, with one of the bullets striking him.
Durham died on the scene.
Court documents indicate that five domestic violence reports have been made from the residence; the majority of the reports occurred last month.
“It appears that this is going to be a situation of the juvenile coming to the defense of his mother who was a victim in this and the other incidents of domestic violence,” Morgan County District Attorney Russell Johnson said.
It’s unclear if police charged the boy with a crime yet. Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Captain Mike Wren indicated that in some instances, children growing up around domestic violence can reach a breaking point, which in turn, can lead to tragic consequences.
“A lot of times in a domestic violence situation, the children grow up in that environment, and they get to a point where they just can’t take it anymore,” Wren said.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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