Towamencin's Domestic Fatality

Shocking news is felt strongest when closest to home.   News that a Hatfield Police Officer had shot and killed his teen-aged son couldn't have hit much closer as it occurred literally down the block from the radio station.   During some kind of physical struggle in their home, Lt. Eric Schmitz shot and killed his 17 year old son Stephen as he attached his father with a knife.  There had been problems in the home previously and the young man apparently had been violent towards others and or had threatened to take his own life.  Whatever the background, it's a horrific family tragedy and it's another local incident that's rocked this community.  Lt. Schmitz has visited this radio station in the past and seems a nice fellow.  It's impossible for me to fathom how he will cope with this the rest of his life.

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