Indiana State Police trooper Matt Makowski and his wife had recently clashed with their 11-year-old son, taking away his video games. On Feb. 22, the boy allegedly took his father's own .45-caliber service weapon out of his locked police vehicle and used it to shoot him in the buttocks as he slept, the South Bend Tribune reports. Police say the boy later told them he wanted a PlayStation, an Xbox, and a computer, and that he would either "get these simple things, or there would be a Part 2," according to court documents. He allegedly told police he had been planning the shooting since that day at school, WSBT-TV reports. Makowski is recovering; his son is facing the juvenile equivalent of a criminal charge for attempted murder.
The boy's mother told police that after her husband was shot, waking her up, she went looking for her son. She found the duty weapon on the floor outside the room and her son walking up the stairs with a BB gun and her husband's duty taser; she locked the bedroom door until police arrived and the boy surrendered. The boy allegedly told police he had tested the taser out on the family's dog first, and that he planned to shoot his father in the head but, due to the way his dad was lying in the bed, couldn't manage it. He said he waited near the door for "about 10 minutes" until his father rolled to face away from the door, so that he wouldn't be spotted. Per court documents, the boy has a history of behavior problems at school and was also allegedly involved in a "possible battery" against an 8-year-old neighbor who was taken to the emergency room last year. (Two sisters are charged with murdering their father.)