CLEVELAND, Ohio – An Ohio father will not face charges after accidentally shooting and killing his teenage son early Tuesday morning.
According to the man, he took 14-year-old Georta Mack down the street and dropped him off at the bus stop early Tuesday morning.
Unbeknownst to the father, Mack decided to skip school and returned home through the basement.
The father said he heard a noise and immediately grabbed his gun, thinking an intruder had broken into the home.
“I just shot my son by accident,” Mack’s father told a 911 operator. “He scared me. I thought he was in school. I heard a noise and then I went downstairs looking. He jumped out at me. I shot him.”
“Oh God. Oh God. Why didn’t you go to school?” the man was heard asking his son.
According to WCPO, the boy was shot in the neck and died after arriving at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
On Wednesday morning, investigators announced that no charges would be filed in the case.
“There is only one word for this- tragedy,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. “It is impossible to imagine how horrible this father must feel for mistaking his son for an intruder. All the forensic evidence matches what the father told police, and, therefore, no charges are appropriate.”