Ohio man shot, killed while holding infant son
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A dispute over custody of a young baby turned violent when the child's grandfather shot and killed the father, who was holding the infant, reports say.
The shooting death of Charles Pargo, 27, occurred with police officers just outside the home, who were leaving after responding to the domestic dispute, the Vindicator reports.
Capt. Brad Blackburn of the Youngstown Police Department tells the Vindicator that Pargo and his girlfriend had argued Monday evening. The girlfriend left the home, taking her other children but leaving her 3-week-old son behind.
The child's grandparents, including Louis Littlejohn, 61, later went to the house to try to get the baby, according to WKBN Channel 27. While there, Pargo and Littlejohn began arguing, police say.
Littlejohn called police, the Vindicator reports, and officers arrived at 10:30 p.m. Police say the situation appeared calm when officers arrived.
The officers believed they they had resolved the issue and began to leave with Littlejohn and his wife, Blackburn says. But Littlejohn reportedly turned and ran back into the house, shooting Pargo as the father held his child.
"It all happened within a matter of seconds. They heard the gunfire, at which point they ordered the parties outside the house," Blackburn tells WKBN. "They didn't know who was shooting at that point."
Littlejohn came back out of the house and immediately surrendered to officers. The baby was not harmed, but Pargo died at the scene.
Blackburn tells the Vindicator that the officers appeared to follow protocol and that they had no reason to search Littlejohn for weapons before the shooting.
Littlejohn currently is being held in jail and will appear in court Wednesday.