DA: Chester Co. man murdered own father

Derek Smith

February 21, 2012 9:14:30 AM PST
The Chester County district attorney announced an arrest in a homicide - and the suspect is the victim's son.

D.A. Tom Hogan said that 26-year-old Derek J. Smith has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Steve Washington.

The shooting happened around 6:50 p.m. on Monday at the family home at 201 Seltzer Avenue in Caln Township.

Police responded to the area for a report of a shooting and found Washington with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say the shooting stemmed from an argument between father and son.

In a statement, Hogan said "This was a family argument. At worst, it should have ended with bruised feelings. Instead, a father is dead and a son has been arrested for murder."

Smith was arrested immediately. Along with murder he is also charged with weapons offenses.


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