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Thursday, September 27, 2007

IN- Police: Father killed his son in an argument

9-11-2007 Indiana:

Man, 69, is charged in the shooting of namesake, 40, in Northside home

Police say a family argument led a father to shoot and kill his 40-year-old son in a Northside home early Monday, but investigators have not said what the spat was about.

Charles M. Long, 69, was held without bond Monday in the Marion County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder.

Officers said Long bolted from the home and eluded police for more than eight hours after he shot his son Charles A. Long to death about 2 a.m. in a house in the 300 block of Harvard Place.

"It stemmed from an argument between the father and son," said Sgt. Matthew Mount, a spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. "The father shot the son," who was dead when police arrived.

Acting on a tip, the U.S. Marshal's Service, Indiana State Police and IMPD officers staked out I-65 in Greenwood for Long's white Cadillac, IMPD Capt. Phil Burton said.

Officers spotted the vehicle and captured Long without incident in the westbound lane of I-465 near the East Street exit about 10:30 a.m., Burton said.

Police searched Long's car for evidence, Burton said, but did not find the weapon used in the shooting.

Three or four people were in the home at the time of the shooting, Burton said.

Long requested a lawyer, Burton said, cutting short an interview with homicide detectives.

The elder Long was arrested on robbery and forgery charges 49 years ago, Burton said. He also has prior arrests on charges of drunken driving, disorderly conduct and reckless driving, Burton said, but had not been in trouble with police since 1989.

In July 2006, a pregnant woman accused Long of pushing her to the floor twice after he returned to find her sleeping in his home, according to a police report. The woman declined medical treatment. Long wasn't arrested, records show.

The younger Long was a registered sex offender who spent 17 years in prison for rape and criminal confinement. Indiana Department of Correction records show he was released from prison in November. ..more.. by Vic Ryckaert

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