‘Monster’ Florida Teen Kills Parents, Shoots Officer During Harrowing Gunfight Caught on Bodycam

'Monster' Florida Teen Kills Parents, Shoots Officer During Harrowing Gunfight Caught on Bodycam
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A dis­turb­ing inci­dent in Flori­da has left a com­mu­ni­ty in shock after a 19-year-old man alleged­ly killed his own par­ents and exchanged gun­fire with law enforce­ment, with the dra­mat­ic encounter cap­tured on a deputy’s bodycam.

Accord­ing to the Hills­bor­ough Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office, Chris­tos Alexan­der Themelis Jr. fatal­ly shot his 51-year-old father, Chris­tos Byron Themelis, inside their home, and then gunned down his 48-year-old moth­er, Rebec­ca Ann Themelis, on the front lawn as offi­cers arrived on the scene.

The trag­ic events unfold­ed short­ly after 11 p.m. on Sat­ur­day, when police received a “fran­tic” 911 call from the shooter’s moth­er, who report­ed that her son had just shot her husband. 

As deputies rushed to the address, more gun­fire erupt­ed, with the teen mer­ci­less­ly blast­ing his moth­er in the back of the head as she was instruct­ed to walk towards the officers.

In the ensu­ing cross­fire, Deputy Shane McGough, a two-year vet­er­an of the sher­if­f’s office, was shot in the leg. His col­leagues quick­ly admin­is­tered first aid, includ­ing apply­ing a tourni­quet, before he was rushed to the hos­pi­tal. McGough under­went surgery on Sun­day morn­ing to remove the bul­let from his leg and is report­ed to be in sta­ble condition.

The body­cam footage cap­tured the tense and chaot­ic scene, with deputies yelling at the teen to stop reach­ing for his waist­band just before he opened fire. Themelis was also shot dur­ing the exchange and, bad­ly wound­ed, he crawled back into the house and bar­ri­cad­ed him­self inside.

The sher­if­f’s SWAT team lat­er entered the home and found both Themelis and his father dead from gun­shot wounds. Author­i­ties believe the teen died from the injuries he sus­tained dur­ing the shootout.

In a state­ment, Hills­bor­ough Coun­ty Sher­iff Chad Chro­nis­ter called the shoot­er a “mon­ster” and ques­tioned how he had access to firearms, giv­en his past run-ins with law enforce­ment. Chro­nis­ter praised the swift response of the deputies, say­ing they “mit­i­gat­ed the threat for this community.”

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