Deadly shooting under investigation in Merriam - KCTV5

Deadly shooting under investigation in Merriam

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A man was arrested in connection to the shooting. (KCTV5) A man was arrested in connection to the shooting. (KCTV5)
MERRIAM, KS (KCTV) -

Police are continuing to investigate a shooting that left a Merriam man dead.

Detectives have one person in custody that they have been questioning, but there have been no arrests or charges filed in the case.

Police say about 12:30 a.m. Thursday they were called to 68th and Mastin streets after reports of gunshots.

Once there, they found a 44-year-old man dead on the grass between the sidewalk and the street. His father found him there and called the police.

“We believe that there was some sort of altercation prior to the shooting. We’re still investigating what exactly that was that precipitated the shooting," Capt. Troy Duvanel said.

Police say they believe the only people involved in the incident are the victim and the person they are talking to about the incident.

The victim’s father, Clinton Thompson, says his son was the youngest of five children.

Now, they’re simply trying to figure out what happened before he was taken away of them.

"I heard three or four gunshot, and I jumped out of bed, run through the garage and told my wife to call 911 and my son was lying on the sidewalk,” Thompson said.

It was an unsettling sight for Thompson. His son had been living with him and his wife while in between jobs.

"He was a very outstanding athlete. He coached football, college level and high school level. Right now, he was trying to hook up with a fitness center,” Thompson said.

Thompson says his wife heard his son arguing with someone before the shooting. Now, his main concern is moving forward -- for him and the rest of the family.

Now, Thompson has to tell his son’s daughter that her father is dead.

"I don't know how to tell a 7-year-old … I say I don't know how. I can't imagine the feeling that child will have when she finds her father is deceased,” Thompson said.

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