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Teen suspected of killing ICE agent father may be tried as adult

May 7, 2012 |  1:23 pm

ICE agent slain in Carson

A 14-year-old boy accused of killing his father, federal ICE agent Myron W. Chisem, did not enter a plea to a murder charge at his initial juvenile court appearance Monday and will face a May 21 hearing on his fitness to be tried as an adult.

The boy, whose name has not been released by authorities, is accused of firing a single shot that struck Chisem in the head as he sat watching TV in the family room of their Carson home.

The boy used his father’s service weapon to fire the shot into the house from the backyard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.

Chisem, 42, was a Navy veteran who had been an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent since 2007. Authorities say the boy was upset after clashing with his father over his school grades.

“There were some disciplinary issues in the house of which grades was one of them,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Todd Hicks told KTLA-TV.

The teenager called 911, but officials have not said if he told dispatchers that he had shot his father. Deputies found Chisem’s handgun in the front yard.

The boy has been charged with one count of murder and the additional allegation of using a firearm.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will proceed with its efforts to try the teenager as an adult, spokeswoman Jane Robison said.

The May 21 hearing will be in Compton Juvenile Court, as was Monday's initial hearing, she said.

Longtime family friend Shawn Butler said last week that there “was never any indication” of trouble or tension between Chisem and his son, who moved in with him less than a year ago.

“They had a great relationship,” Butler said. “He was very proud of his son. He loved him very much.”

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Photo: ICE agents salute as the flag-draped body of fellow agent Myron W. Chisem is removed from his Carson home last Thursday. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.

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