Robert Duda told police that he was cleaning his gun when it accidentally went off, killing his 14 year old son. One can easily imagine a scenario where everyone would feel bad for Robert Duda, figure he had suffered enough with the loss of his son, got him some therapy, and perhaps sent flowers to be lain on young Bryan’s grave. But, that is not how things worked out, because Somerset County Sheriffs did their job.
On further investigation it was determined that Robert’s story was inaccurate. According to a criminal complaint filed earlier today, police alledge that Bryan Duda, the 14 year old, was joking with his dad, saying “shoot me dad, shoot me.” His father obliged by pointing the loaded gun at him and, apparently, pulling the trigger. The young boy died later at the hospital.
The charges include reckless endangerment and involuntary manslaughter.
I note that the news report to which I refer is very carefully worded to not say that Robert pulled the trigger. Just that he pointed the gun at his son, then the bullet came out of the gun and hit the boy. I threw in that part about the guy holding the gun pulling the trigger. That probably really isn’t in question. The question would be, did the father intentionally fire a loaded gun in order to kill his son; did he intentionally fire a loaded gun in order to shoot near his sun for the fun of it or for some other reason; did he not intent to pull the trigger but he did by accident; did he think the gun was empty and pulled the gun intentionally but oops it was loaded; did the gun go off entirely on it’s own while he just happened to be holding it, pointing at his son? Have I missed anything?
Here’s the original report.