Deadly shooting that ended 'ongoing family dispute' might have been self-defense


Detectives with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office are trying to determine if the shooting death of a Village of Oak Creek man at the hands of his stepfather might have been self-defense. A second man was shot, as well, but he survived his injury.

YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said it happened at a Rimrock home late Sunday night, but investigators have not released the names of anybody involved.

Detectives are still trying to piece everything together, but they know it started when the 25-year-old victim and his male roommate went to his stepfather's home to "confront" him about what was described as "an ongoing family dispute."

While the nature of that dispute was not explained by investigators, they did say the victim and his 52-year-old stepfather had been estranged. It's not clear how long the pair had been estranged or what prompted the victim to go over to his stepfather's house Sunday night. It's also not known if the pair had been violent with each other in the past.

A 17-year-old boy, the victim's half brother, also lives at the Rimrock home and was there when the victim and his roommate arrived.

"During a confrontation, the stepson attacked his stepdad resulting in multiple injuries, including an apparent orbital fracture," D'Evelyn explained in a news release. He said the 17-year-old was attacked, as well.

D'Evelyn said the assault "eventually stopped," but the victim and his roommate refused to leave.

At that point, the stepfather grabbed a handgun and shot both men. It's not clear if they were going to attack again or if they might have left given more time.

The stepson died of his injuries. His roommate was treated and released.

Deputies have not arrested anybody.

"Detectives are considering several issues in the case, including the possibility the stepdad fired in self-defense," D'Evelyn said.

D'Evelyn said he hopes to release more information as the investigation progresses.Copyright 2016 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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