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16-Year-Old Admits to Killing Father, an ICE Agent

Myron W. Chisem, a 42-year-old Torrance native and U.S. Navy veteran, was struck in the head as he sat in the family room.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 5:14 p.m. April 21, 2014. Edited to correct headline.

A 16-year-old boy today admitted to a murder charge in the 2012 shooting death of his father, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

The boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, also admitted to two special allegations of using a handgun and discharging a firearm. He is set to return to court on May  9 for sentencing.

Prosecutors said the boy used his father's service weapon on May 2, 2012, to fire a single round through a window from outside the family's home in the 19300 block of Broadacres Avenue in Carson.

Myron W. Chisem, a 42-year-old Torrance native and U.S. Navy veteran, was struck in the head as he sat in the family room.

Chisem's son, the youngest of three children, made the 911 call reporting the shooting, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The teen had moved in with his father and the father's girlfriend, who wasn't home at the time of the shooting, less than a year before, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A fellow ICE member who met Chisem in 1991 during naval training told the newspaper just days after the shooting that he hadn't seen any tension between the father and son.

"They had a great relationship," Shawn Butler told The Times. "He was very proud of his son. He loved him very much."

The boy is expected to be sentenced to a juvenile detention facility.

--City News Service


Penny Arévalo April 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM
A glitch from the AOL days. We're fixing it soon.
Vicque Marie April 26, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Ah, ok. Thanks for the update Penny :)
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr April 27, 2014 at 01:03 AM
Who, what, when where, WHY! Yes, it is news. But it only interesting news if we are told WHY the son shot the father. AND, this is an important reason why firearms should be separated from juveniles by a lock.
hf2hvit April 27, 2014 at 10:25 AM
' "They had a great relationship," Shawn Butler told The Times.' 1. You never know what goes on behind closed doors. 2. Being a fellow ICE agent, Butler probably has the same ideas of how to treat a child...AND you never know what goes on behind closed doors.

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