Washington teenager charged in shooting death of father

Washington teenager charged in shooting death of father

OUTLOOK, Wash. (AP) - A 19-year-old central Washington man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his father.

Benjamin Rodriguez of Outlook on Saturday was being held in the Yakima County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Authorities arrested Rodriguez on Wednesday after responding to a report of an accidental shooting at a home and finding 43-year-old Jose Rodriguez.

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He was transported to a hospital where he died. An autopsy found he had been shot in the head.

Benjamin Rodriguez told authorities they were staying at his grandparents' house and that Jose Rodriguez tried to break into a safe to get drugs.

When that failed, Benjamin Rodriguez said, his father went into a rage, shooting a gun from the porch, and told Benjamin to call police so there could be a shootout.

Benjamin Rodriguez said that instead he retrieved a .22-caliber rifle to deter his father, but shot him when his father pointed a gun at him.

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