A Jay man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of his 13-year-old son on Saturday.
JAY — A Delaware County father is being held on a murder complaint in connection with the fatal shooting of his 13-year-old who was driving what the father thought was a stolen family vehicle, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The shooting occurred around 1:43 a.m. Saturday, according to an OSBI press release. Delaware County Sheriff deputies discovered the teen dead inside a pickup truck when they arrived at the scene.
Tony Rutherford was notified by neighbors after many vehicles were seen at his older son's house, which was supposed to be vacant. Tony Rutherford drove to the house and witnessed someone driving his son's pickup truck.
Rutherford gave chase and fired his rifle at the driver several times, unknowingly hitting his 13-year-old son, the press release states.
“Tony and his family are very sorry by the loss of their child and time will reveal the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate incident which does not constitute a crime,” said Winston Connor II, Rutherford’s attorney.
District Attorney Kenny Wright said the investigation is ongoing.