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Sibling Fight Leads to Death of 16-year-old

Sibling Fight Leads to Death of 16-year-old

Posted - Sep. 12, 2004 at 3:00 p.m.



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ROY, Utah (KSL News/AP) -- A 13-year-old boy is in detention tonight, accused of shooting and killing his older brother at their Roy home.

Officers say the younger brother stole a gun from a family friend and hid it in their family's apartment, until he shot his brother at least three times last night.

The younger teen called 911 at about 3 p.m. Saturday from a convenience store a block from his home to report that he had just shot and killed his brother, Roy police Chief Greg Whinham said.

Police arrived to find 16-year-old John Colby Johnson dead inside the house. He had been shot at least twice in the torso with a .22-caliber handgun.

Chief Greg Whinham, Roy Police Department: “There is a sense of failure when we lose a child in any circumstance. But when we lose a child in his home at the hands of another family member, it's a sense of frustration; it's something we work hard at not having happen."

Investigators didn't know what started the altercation and were interviewing the 13-year-old, whom they arrested.

The family has lived in Roy for a year and police were called to the home once before when the boys were having "a physical altercation," Whinham said.

Police say John Colby constantly picked on his younger brother.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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