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

ICE Agent Killed

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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.”


Myron Chisem, federal immigration agent, shot to death in Carson home; teen son arrested

ICE Agent Killed

Nick Ut/AP

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents lining the driveway of a home in Carson salute as the body of an ICE agent Myron Chisem, who was covered by an American flag as his body was wheeled to a coroner's van on Thursday. His14-year-old son was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of murder.

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.