GOOD & UGLY: Father Has To Shoot Stepson To Protect Family - Battle Creek, MI
Police: Dad shot son dead during home invasion | lansingstatejournal.com | Lansing State Journal
This is a very sad situation, and how stupid was the drunk biker to plow through the crime scene tape? Amazing.
BATTLE CREEK - A Battle Creek man who allegedly shot and killed his stepson Monday night has been released from custody as the police investigation continues.
Gary Prado, 49, was questioned and then released after Battle Creek police said he shot James L. Keck, 30, of Scotts.
Detectives said it appears Keck broke into the house at 51 S. Mason St. and was shot as he was attempting to force his way into a bedroom where Prado, Darlene Prado, 48 - his wife and Keck's mother - and Gary Prado's 11-year-old daughter had taken refuge.
An autopsy Tuesday showed Keck was shot four times, including once in the center of the chest, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police reported the shooting at 6:57 p.m.
The first officers to arrive found Keck face down in the hallway of the house and Prado was sitting on a bed. The door to the bedroom was partially open and officers said a dresser was behind the door.
A Ruger 9 mm handgun was on the bed, unloaded with the magazine removed.
Prado's daughter and her puppy were also in the room. Darlene Prado, who had called 911, ran screaming from the house as officers arrived.
Darlene Prado told officers that Keck had called the house earlier, threatening the family, and when he arrived kicked in the side door of the house.
She told officers her husband took her and his daughter into the bedroom and pushed a dresser against the inside of the door.
Gary Prado warned Keck that he had a gun, Detective Sgt. Todd Madsen said, and apparently fired a warning shot as Keck tried to force his way into the bedroom.
As Keck pushed open the door, Prado fired from a few feet away.
Madsen said Keck might have been trying to get money.
"He wanted money," Madsen said. "(Mr. Prado) didn't owe him money but he wanted money."
"(Mr. Keck) called earlier and wanted to talk to his mom and then showed up and broke in," Detective Brad Wise said.
Madsen said Keck has a history of assault and was listed on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry for a conviction of first-degree criminal sexual assault. Gary Prado obtained a personal protection order against Keck in Calhoun County Circuit Court on March 30, 2007, saying in his application that Keck threatened to kill him.
The PPO expired Oct. 1, 2007.
Calhoun County Prosecutor John Hallacy said the case remains under review by his office.
"We have met with the police and we are continuing work on the investigation," Hallacy said.
As police were at the scene of the homicide about 7:30 p.m. Monday, they said a 34-year-old man drove his motorcycle through the barrier tape strung across Mason Street.
When police yelled at the man to stop, the motorcycle tipped over and he was arrested for driving under the influence of liquor.
The man told police he drank 15 beers before riding his motorcycle.