By Evie Andreou
NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Odysseas Themistokleous was shot dead by his father on Wednesday in Paramitha, Limassol after his 67-year-old father refused to allow his son to use the family car.
Police received a call from a neighbour at 2:30pm that there were injuries in the area.
Arriving at the scene they found the father, Timoleon Themistokleous, had used a hunting shotgun to shoot his son who had died from his injuries.
CyBC reported that the argument occurred when the 19-year-old, who was a conscript, asked to take the car because he was due back in his unit at 3pm, but his father refused. The row became increasingly heated and the father reportedly went into the house and returned with the shotgun.
He then shot his son at point-blank range in the abdomen.
According to the head of the Limassol CID, Ioannis Soteriades, the perpetrator was disarmed by his older son.
“This is a family tragedy,” Soteriades said.
After the father shot the 19-year-old, his older son, Alexandros, tried to disarm him, and in his struggle to take the shotgun, a second shot was fired in the air.
Police said the 21-year-old grabbed the shotgun from his father and hit him on the head with it. A scuffle followed which left both the father and the 21-year-old with injuries and they were taken to Limassol general hospital.
The son had his wounds treated and was released, while the father, who suffered fractures to his skull, jaw and ribs, is in very serious condition and was transferred to the Nicosia general hospital.
When the incident occurred, the two boys’ grandmother was reportedly sleeping in the house, but was awaken by the commotion. The 19-year-old’s mother, who was at work, was informed of the incident through the phone.
The family was reported to have serious financial problems and this was a cause of tensions between its members.
Sigmalive reported that the 19-year-old was the son of the 67-year-old and his third wife.
Police have already taken statements from the 19-year-old’s brother, mother and grandmother and are expected to issue an arrest warrant against the 67-year-old.
State pathologist Nicolas Charalambous examined the crime scene.
By Evie Andreou