Police in Morgan County, Ind., have charged 49-year-old David Carrender with the murder of his son, Wyatt, 19, after he fatally shot the teen in the Martinsville home they shared. According to authorities, the shooting occurred in front of the younger Carrender’s pregnant girlfriend and, according to her, the elder Carrender said prior to firing six shots into his son that it was something he always knew he would have to do.
WTHR in Indianapolis reported that David Carrender was charged with the murder of Wyatt by county prosecutors following the incident. The 19-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It appears the father retrieved a handgun and shot his son, it appears, six times,” Morgan County Sheriff Robert Downey said, according to UPI .
Court documents indicate, as reported by WRTV in Indianapolis, that David Carrender had been drinking heavily and got into an argument with his son, Wyatt, at a Buffalo Wild Wings at the end of a football game they were watching. The son, who was the designated driver for the day, wanted look at some vehicles for sale and then go home. The father, who, according to Sabrina Canfield, had consumed at least ten beers and several shots of whiskey, did not. He wanted to go to another bar and watch more football.
The argument continued in the car on the drive back to the Martinsville house.
Canfield told police that the verbal jousting escalated when they got to the two-story house, that at one point Wyatt Carrender head-butted his father, sending him tumbling down the stairs. That’s when the elder Carrender got the gun.
He went into his bedroom, according to the police report (via the Indiana Daily Student), and got a .40 calibre handgun. He then walked into his son’s bedroom, where the young man was sitting on his bed with his girlfriend. He pointed the gun at his son and began firing, shooting him six times in the chest, pelvis, and arm.
Canfield said that David Carrender stated just before the shooting: “I always knew I was going to have to do something like this.”
Police were called to the Martinsville house after a 911 call was placed at 8:25 p.m. Oct. 14.
David Carrender’s girlfriend, Cynthia Lloyd, was also in the house at the time. She was baking cookies in the downstairs kitchen while the two men argued upstairs. Both women witnessed the entire incident, in varying degrees.
Lloyd said in her statement to the police that there had been several calls to police over the past few months. She noted that her boyfriend would get aggressive after drinking.
Neighbors indicated that violence between the two men had occurred before. In an interview with WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Tony White said that his wife had witnessed a similar incident earlier in the summer, where an heated exchange in the front yard ended after someone yelled repeatedly for someone else to “put the gun away.”
White, who lives across the street from the Carrenders, said that he heard the gunfire from the Oct. 14 shooting.
“I heard a series of 4-5 gunshots real quick,” White said. “I heard what I assumed was the young boy’s girlfriend scream. She was asking him (the father) why he had done it. She was just in terrible shape.”
Sabrina Canfield is three months pregnant.
David Carrender reportedly cried to the police after being taken into custody that he had killed ” the only thing that he loved most in the world.”