By Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2020

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a teenager shot and killed his stepfather as the man fought with the boy’s mother during a camping trip in northern Colorado.

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says the 14-year-old boy shot his 57-year-old stepfather in the back with a .22-caliber rifle in the Buffalo Pass area Saturday night.

Investigators say nearby campers told them the mother and stepfather had been arguing all afternoon and appeared to have been drinking. According to law enforcement reports, the mother was trying to leave the campsite with her son to go to Steamboat Springs when the man pushed her to the ground and got on top of her.

Wiggins says the son saw the confrontation, fired a warning shot and then shot his stepfather when the fighting continued. The boy called 911, and the man was flown to a hospital in Loveland, where he died.

Steamboat Pilot & Today reports the family is not from the Routt County area, and the names of those involved have not been released.

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