CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) - A heated argument between a teenager and his stepfather over chores ended with the teen pulling a gun and firing a shot.
According to the Eddy County Sheriff's Office the 14-year-old boy got so upset after his stepdad ordered him to clean up the dishes that he grabbed a gun. somehow it went off.
"Truthfully we don't know if he was there to scare him or truthfully kill him," sheriff's Capt. Jeff Zuniga said.
Sheriff's deputies say a boy and his stepfather were fighting about washing the dishes.
According to court documents, the stepdad had ordered the teen to clean up the kitchen numerous times, but he refused.
Investigators say the boy allegedly became angry, ran into the house and returned to the porch with a gun in hand pointed straight at his stepfather.
At this point, investigators say they're not sure if the boy shot at his stepfather or if the gun went off while the man was trying to get the weapon away from the teen. Nevertheless, they say shots were fired.
"It's hard for us to make determinations as to what his full intent is," said Zuniga. "Obviously when you arm yourself with a firearm and you engage an individual there is some intent that's there by design."
No one was seriously injured, but officials say this scenario could have easily turned deadly.
"The gun was out in the open in the living room, and it wasn't secured, and it was loaded," said Zuniga.
Deputies say they're still working to find out who the gun belonged to. They say the teen was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
"I think it's safe to say, no pun intended, lock your firearms up and make sure they are not easily accessible," said Zuniga.
This incident played out at the home of the boy's biological father.
The boy is being held at the Eddy County Juvenile Detention Center. The district attorney says he will remain there at least until his next court hearing, which is scheduled for Dec. 6.
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