An Indiana boy allegedly fired on his state-trooper father because he was angry that his video games had been taken away, according to multiple news reports.
The child, 11, allegedly shot his father, Indiana State Trooper Matt Makowski, in the lower extremities with the dad’s .45-caliber duty weapon shortly after 11 p.m. on Feb. 21, according to court records obtained by the South Bend Tribunethis link opens in a new tab. The boy allegedly found the gun in his father’s police vehicle, which was parked outside the family’s Granger home, the paper reports.
On March 1, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office filed a petition alleging the boy committed the delinquent act of Attempted Murder, a Level 1 Felony if committed by an adult. He is currently being held at the Juvenile Justice Center, according to St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office Jessica McBrier.
According to court documents obtained by the Tribune, the boy’s mother told police that she awakened to the sounds of her husband’s screams after he was shot. She allegedly went to look for her son, then found her husband’s service revolver outside the room.
After she called 911, she allegedly locked herself and her 46-year-old husband in their bedroom after she saw her son, armed with a BB gun and Makowski’s taser, walking up the stairs, according to documents obtained by the Tribune.
The boy was taken into custody without incident once police arrived at the scene. Makowski, who suffered a single gunshot wound, was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery. He is in stable condition, according to NBCthis link opens in a new tab.
During an interview with police, the boy allegedly said he was angry with his parents and “wanted it to end” after they had taken away his Play Station, an Xbox and a computer, according to WDIVthis link opens in a new tab.
He was “going to get these simple things, or there would be a Part 2,” according to court records, the Tribune reports.
According to WDIV, the boy went to his parents’ bedroom and waited around 10 minutes so his father would roll over and “wouldn’t see me shooting him.”
He also allegedly confessed that he had used the Taser on the family dog before the incident, the Tribune reports.
Captain Dave Bursten, chief public information officer for the Indiana State Police told NBCthis link opens in a new tab that Makowski has been a trooper for 19 years.
“We are all concerned for his welfare and are just hoping and praying for his recovery,” Bursten said.
A status hearing for the boy will be held on April 10 at the St. Joseph County Probate Court, according to prosecutors.