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DA announces intention to have 14-year-old tried as adult in ICE agent Myron Chisem’s fatal shooting

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ICE agents lining the driveway of the Carson home where Myron Chisem was killed salute as his flag-draped body is carried by to a coroner's van.

Prosecutors announced today their intention to have the 14-year-old son of slain ICE agent Myron Chisem tried as an adult in his father’s death.

The boy, whose name has not been given due to his age, is scheduled to appear in Compton Juvenile Court on Monday for his arraignment.

Prosecutors say the teen shot his father Wednesday in their Carson home on the 19000 block of Broadacres Avenue. Investigators believe he used his father’s service weapon to fire a single shot through a window from outside the house, striking Chisem in the head as he watched television. Officials say the boy then called 9-1-1.

The DA’s Office did not give a possible motive for the shooting, although the L.A. Times today cites unnamed sources as saying the boy was angry at his father after being disciplined for misbehaving. A friend of the family told the Times that the two “had a great relationship,” adding, “I had never seen any kind of issues of tension between them.”

Shawn Butler, who identified himself as the victim's best friend, told KPCC the alleged shooter “was a very nice boy and he has always been. Quiet, no problems. And Myron loved him.” 

Chisem wanted his teenage son to live with him, according to Butler, and the boy been staying at the Carson home for about five months. The biological mother and Chisem were not married and had been separated, Butler said.

The teen is being charged with one count of murder. In a statement released today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced its intention to have the 14-year-old tried as an adult, although it did not explain why.

Chisem, 42, worked as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent. He was a Torrance native and a Navy veteran.

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