Omaha man accused of fatally shooting 10-year-old son on Thanksgiving after car alarm sounded

Francis Akhalbey November 27, 2023
Will McDonald is accused of fatally shooting his son -- Photo Credit: Omaha Police Department

Authorities in Omaha have brought charges against a man who allegedly shot and killed his 10-year-old son after a car alarm outside their home sounded. Per Omaha World-Herald, the incident occurred on Thanksgiving.

Authorities said officers who responded to the scene found 10-year-old Kendrick McDonald with a gunshot wound. He later succumbed to his injury at a hospital. The deceased minor’s father, identified as 47-year-old Will McDonald, has since been arrested on suspicion of criminal homicide, illegal use of a gun and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He is also being held without bond.

“Obviously, we’re still pretty early,” Omaha Police Capt. Jeremy Christensen said. “We do know that there was allegedly a car alarm going off, and for whatever reason, the suspect/father went outside to maybe investigate that. We’re not 100 percent on that, but we are receiving information that a car alarm was going off. … As to exactly what transpired and the why of it, we’re still trying to piece that together through our investigation.”

Christensen also said they could not tell if McDonald thought his son was a car thief. “We’re still trying to figure out the ins and outs of that through the investigation,’ he said, adding that there were other children in the home when the shooting occurred.

“It’s obviously very tragic,” Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said. “But we have to determine if he (Will McDonald) was justified in doing what he did. … At this point in time, it doesn’t appear that he was justified in firing.”

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: November 27, 2023

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