Shooting death of high school football player under investigation

MCINTOSH, Ala.- A high school football player was shot and killed this weekend. Police say the teens father pulled the trigger. The father told police it was accident.

Family and friends were gathered at the house on Patton Road in McIntosh Saturday where early Friday 17-year-old Darius Adams was shot and killed.

Sexton Adams told police he only intended to scare his son who was acting bizarre after returning home during the early morning hours. The father said the gun fired accidentally.

The father introduced himself to FOX10 News Reporter Renee Dials at his home Saturday, but he said it was too soon to talk about the tragedy. He did say funeral arraignments are not complete, because the family is waiting on autopsy results.

“I don’t know what went on, but I know Sexton tried to raise him right. He definitely tried to raise him right. I do know that,” neighbor Edward Thomas said.

Thomas said he’s known the father all his life. Thomas said he can’t imagine the pain the family is going through.

“He’s a good man. He don’t bother nobody. He don’t do nothing but work and tend to his own business,” he said.

Darius Adams attended McIntosh High School where he was on the football team. Police haven’t given us any details on the teens strange behavior that may have caused the father to feel threatened. But many in the small community said they’re saddened by the tragedy.

“Like I say I just hate it for the family. It just something that’s hard to talk about too, you know,” neighbor Curtis Thomas said.

The father has not been charged in connection with the shooting.

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