Well, at least we know some of the background of why this boy was living with his neglectful, trigger-happy daddy, here identified as JOHN KAIN. He's divorced from the boy's mother, see, and the boy lives with Daddy though no legal custody has been established per se.
But in reality, de facto custody HAS been established. And I can't help wonder how voluntary this was on Mom's part, given Daddy's apparent affection for firearms, and his habit of shooting them off when he's irked. Thankfully, it appears that Kain will soon be losing custody....
Man Living With Son In Shed Shoots At Deputies
No Injuries Reported, Deputies Say
POSTED: 5:47 pm CDT March 15, 2012
UPDATED: 10:27 am CDT March 16, 2012
Authorities said a man shot at St. Bernard Parish sheriff's detectives several times Thursday as they tried to check on the welfare of his 12-year-old son. The son, living with his father in a makeshift shed with no electricity, was not attending school.
St. Bernard Parish Sheriff-elect James Pohlmann said the shooting happened at about 10:20 a.m. in the 4900 block of East St. Bernard Highway in eastern St. Bernard.
Pohlmann said detectives fired back at John Kain, 52. The boy, who deputies said was with Kain, his father, was taken by detectives. They had moved in after the boy threw himself to the ground after officers set off a non-lethal flash to distract the pair.
After the flash, Kain began shooting at deputies as he ran away, Pohlmann said.
Kain ran to nearby Francis Street at Saturn Court in the Violet area and surrendered as detectives closed in, Pohlmann said. Kain was taken to St. Bernard Parish Prison.
No injuries were reported, deputies said.
"We are glad it ended without anyone getting hurt," Pohlmann said.
Pohlmann said detectives also had a warrant for Kain's arrest on a misdemeanor charge of improper supervision of the boy, who had not attended school since January.
Authorities said the primary reason the Sheriff's Office was involved was to check on the child's welfare because of the environment he was living in with his father. The father had built a makeshift shed behind his former mother-in-law's trailer in eastern St. Bernard. The shed had no electricity.
Pohlmann said Kain may have fired up to four shots at detectives, who returned fire back at him.
Kain was booked on charges of attempted murder of the officers, as well as on the warrant charge and with illegal carrying of a gun.
Pohlmann said a 9 mm gun recovered during Kain's arrest was missing four rounds from a clip that held 17.
As a precaution, the boy was taken to Children's Hospital and, according to authorities, will live afterward with his mother or another relative.
Kain and the boy's mother are divorced and there is no legal custody established for the son, but he has been living with the father, Pohlmann said.