NEW YORK (CNN) – A teen will not face charges for shooting and killing his father. Police say the teen’s actions were legally justified because he felt like he was in danger.
A night out celebrating turned deadly.
“This is incredibly traumatic. It’s incredibly tragic at a lot of different levels,” said T.J. Donovan, Chittenden County State’s Attorney.
Police say on the night of April 25, 44-year-old Kryn Miner was at a wedding with his family. They say he’d been drinking. When the family returned home, police say miner began physically and verbally abusing his wife, and then moved on to his children.
“Mr. Miner threatened to shoot his children. He stated quote, ‘I’m going to kill all of you,'” said Donovan. Donovan also says one of the Miner’s four children, a teenager, then stepped in to defend the family after their father tossed a gun and said, “do you want to play the gun game?”
“Mr. Miner reached into the bag he was holding and began pulling out another gun later described as a 9-millimeter. The miner teenager, seeing the other gun, fired the gun that was previously given to him.”
Investigators say the teen then fired six shots.
“The miner teenager continued to shoot Mr. Miner because the teenager quote, ‘thought he was going to get up.'”
Kryn miner served multiple tours in Afghanistan and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury. He had no prior record of domestic violence.
“In the past, when Mr. Miner would become upset, Mrs. Miner on occasion would be able to de-escalate the situation by talking with him. In spite of her efforts this time, Mr. Miner became increasingly agitated.”
The state will not be bringing any charges against the teen, saying his or her actions were legally justified. Under Vermont law, a person has the right to defend themselves and their family when they believe they are in imminent danger.
“This conclusion is based on the fact that Mr. Miner had a gun, pointed his gun at the wife and miner teenager, stated he was going to kill his family and was acting with an extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
In a statement from the miner family read by their personal attorney, they say they remember Kryn as a loving husband and father, but say his injuries from years of defending our country were too strong to overcome.
“For all of our veterans who may be active or retired, let’s not abandon them. For people like Kryn and other vets with traumatic injuries, the quality of a better life is the responsibility of all of us.”
Donovan also said that the state has filed a motion to redact any information within the affidavit or search warrant that would reveal the identity of the child. The court has yet to make a ruling on that.