A man was arrested Friday evening after shooting his 5-month-old baby in the head before attempting to kill himself.
According to KSL.com, the 21-year-old man was unable to turn the gun and shoot himself due to a family member tackling him.
The site reports:
Investigators said Petersen laid his son, Ryker, on a couch, went into another room and loaded a single .22 round into a rifle, then returned and shot the baby. Investigators said Petersen told them he had been planning to kill his son and then himself for the past month.
The 5-month-old was taken to American Fork Hospital before being transferred to a children’s medical center where he was pronounced dead.
An American Fork Police member told the press:
“Through our investigation, we learned that (Petersen’s) intent was to kill his son and then himself.”
“It’s definitely a terrible tragedy for the family, and out heart goes out to them.”
We pray for the family of the 5-month-old, and hope that justice is served.