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Murder suspect suffers heart attack (updated)

Police at the scene of the killing in Paramitha

A 67-year-old Limassol man suspected of shooting and killing his son, 19, has suffered a heart attack and was in critical condition, police said on Thursday.

Timoleon Themistokleous, allegedly shot his son Odysseas with a hunting shotgun during a heated argument over the use of a car. The incident happened at the family’s home in Paramytha.

Themistokleous, who is currently in the ICU, was already being treated in Nicosia general hospital for fractures to his skull, jaw and ribs, suffered during a fight with his older son, aged 21, in the latter’s  attempt to disarm him.

The argument reportedly occurred when Odysseas, who was a conscript, asked to use the car because he was due to report to his unit at 3pm.

His father refused and the two argued. The father reportedly went into the house and returned with the gun.

He then allegedly shot his son at point-blank range in the abdomen.

Following the shooting, the man’s older son, Alexandros, tried to disarm him and after grabbing the weapon from his father, he hit him on the head with it.

A scuffle followed which left both the father and the 21-year-old needing medical treatment.

The son had his wounds treated and was released, while the father was later transferred to Nicosia general hospital due to the severity of his injuries.

The head of Limassol CID Ioannis Soteriades said that the 67-year-old is to be examined later in the day by state pathologist Nicolas Charalambous.

He added that an arrest warrant was issued against the 67-year-old, but has not been executed yet due to his health condition.

The older son, Alexandros, who was also examined by Charalambous, suffered burns to his right palm between the forefinger and thumb, caused when he tried to disarm his father, Soteriades said.
A post mortem on the 19-year-old was expected to be carried out during the day.

The family reportedly to have serious financial problems and this was a cause of tensions between its members.

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