11-year-old boy shoots trooper father with his gun for taking away his video games
Matt Makowski was rushed to the hospital after the shooting and is now believed to be in a stable condition
An Indiana State trooper was allegedly shot by his son inside his Granger home this past February because his video games were taken away, state court documents. The documents, which were obtained by WSBT, state that St.
Joseph County Police responded to the home on Conover Drive on February 22 on reports that an 11-year-old boy had shot his father. On arrival, they found Matt Makowski with a gunshot wound to the pelvic area and rushed him to the hospital for surgery.
Makowski told the police that his son had shot him and that "he must have retrieved his firearm from his parked vehicle outside of the home." Afterward, when detectives questioned the preteen, he confessed he had been planning on shooting his father since school that day and that he was angry because his video games had been taken away.
He said "he was done with all of that" and "wanted it to end," and confirmed Makowski's story, telling officers that he went to the Indiana State trooper's car three different times to look for the firearm.
Court documents state that, just before the shooting, the 11-year-old went to his parents' bedroom with the gun and decided to wait "about 10 minutes" until his dad rolled over and was facing away from the door so "he wouldn't see me shooting him."
After Makowski began screaming, his wife, Allison, saw his gun on the floor, picked it up, and then went to look for her son. When she found him walking up the stairs with a BB gun and Makowski's taser, she immediately locked the door and dialed 911. The preteen was subsequently handcuffed and taken away, with documents alleging he even threatened the police officers. "The boy told officers he wanted a Play Station, an Xbox, and a computer, and if he didn't get them, there would be a 'part 2,'" it read.
WSBT reported that the boy had a history of violence. A neighbor who did want to be identified said she had personally witnessed the 11-year-old hurting other children and his behavior had "escalated throughout the years."
She said the Department of Children Services had even created a "safety plan" for the boy after he was involved in a serious fight with another child in the neighborhood. "I’ve seen how he can twist from being happy and playing like a team – a little baseball in the front yard to wanting to kill somebody and hit them and knock them to the ground bloody and bruised," she revealed.
The 11-year-old boy is currently detained at the Juvenile Justice Center and is facing charges of attempted murder in juvenile court. He appeared in court on Tuesday, March 5, for a preliminary hearing, and is scheduled to appear again on April 10.
Makowski is reportedly in good condition and recovering well from the shooting.