ICE agent killed after disciplining son, 14, law sources believe
The 14-year-old boy who allegedly shot and killed his father, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent, was angry after being disciplined for misbehaving, according to law enforcement sources.
Fueled by anger, the boy grabbed a handgun, sources believe, and fatally shot his father, Myron W. Chisem, as the father sat watching television Wednesday evening. Investigators are continuing to examine the events leading to the shooting.
Chisem, 42, who was in the family room, was hit once in the head by the shot fired from his Carson backyard. The father might not have seen the shot coming because he was seated with his back to the window, according to one of the sources.
The son called 911, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said, and deputies found Chisem's ICE-issued handgun in the front yard. The sources declined to specify whether the teen admitted shooting his father when he made the initial call.
About eight hours later, the teen was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder.
"This was a domestic violence incident," Lt. Holly Francisco of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Authorities did not identify Chisem's son by name and said the motive was unclear.
Shawn Butler, a friend of Chisem, told The Times on Thursday that there "was never any indication" of trouble between Chisem and his son. He said the boy had moved in with his father less than a year ago after a family agreement.
"They had a great relationship," Butler said. "He was very proud of his son. He loved him very much. ... All the time I had been around them I had never seen any kind of issues of tension between them."
Francisco said Chisem's girlfriend also lived in the home, but she returned to the 19300 block of Broadacres Avenue after police arrived. Authorities said that after questioning the teen and the woman for most of the night, the boy was arrested about 5 a.m. Thursday.
"This is a difficult time for the family and loved ones of the agent, and for everyone at ICE," ICE Director John Morton said in a statement. "Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers."
It was the second fatal shooting of an ICE agent in the Los Angeles area this year.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: ICE agents salute as the flag-draped body of fellow agent Myron W. Chisem is removed from his Carson home on Thursday. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times