Myron Chisem has been identified as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shot to death in his Carson home Wednesday night, said the LA Sheriff's department.
L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Chisem's 14-year-old son, whose name is being withheld because of his age, on suspicion of murder.
Shawn Butler, who identified himself as the victim's best friend, told KPCC's Erika Aguilar, "I just don’t understand what could have happened. Because he was a very nice boy and he has always been. Quiet, no problems. And Myron loved him to death."
Butler says he met Chisem while they were in the Navy, and that the two had been friends since 1991. He said they like to play chess together. Myron Chisem, he says, was the godfather of Butler’s child.
Chisem wanted his teenage son to live with him, according to Butler, and he'd been there for about five months. The son's biological mother and Chisem were not married and had been separated, he says.
Police were called to the agent's home in the 19000 block of Broadacres Avenue around 9 p.m. Wednesday night and declared Chisem dead at the scene.
The ICE agent, who was 42, had been sitting in a TV room when he was struck in the head by gunfire from a window facing the backyard.
Authorities believe the agent's son made the 911 call, and that the two were the only people in the home at the time of the killing.
Lt. Holly Francisco with the Sheriff’s department said the son is alleged to have fired one shot with his father's ICE-issued handgun, reports the L.A. Times. Lt. Francisco told KPCC, "It’s a tragic situation. These ICE agents out here, this is their family. So they are very emotional and they’re here for the support of him.”
In an unrelated case, three ICE agents were shot in Northern California Thursday morning while serving high risk federal warrants, authorities said.
Correction and updates: This story has been updated from a previous version. A previous version also stated the victim's age as 43, but ICE has indicated he was 42. We're working on clarifying his exact age.
Update 12:28 p.m. The Sheriff's Department has confirmed that he was 42.
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