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Boy who shot trooper dad to get mental health treatment

July 26, 2019

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana boy who authorities say shot and wounded his state-trooper father because he was upset that his parents took away his video games will get mental health treatment at a secure facility.

The St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office says the 12-year-old boy was sentenced this week in juvenile court after pleading guilty and will be monitored by the court until it’s determined he can be released.

The boy was 11 at the time of the February shooting. Investigators have said he used his father’s service weapon to shoot him once in the buttocks. They say the boy got the gun from the off-duty trooper’s locked police vehicle outside their home in Granger, near South Bend.

The Associated Press isn’t naming the trooper to avoid identifying his son.

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