PRESS RELEASE, 1/13/2016

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces no charges in January 12th shooting of 14-year-old boy

 “Father mistakes son for intruder.”

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the father who shot and killed his 14-year-old son yesterday at their residence on Blanchard Street in Price Hill.

The father called 911 yesterday morning at approximately 6:30 a.m. to report that his 14-year-old son, Georta Mack, had been shot. 

According to the father, when Georta left for school earlier that morning, dad watched him walk to the bus stop and saw the bus leave.  Dad then tried to text Georta to confirm that he was on the bus when Georta called him to say that he was on the bus. 

A short time later, dad said that he heard noises in the home.  Concerned that someone might have broken into their home, dad got a .45 revolver and began searching the single family residence.

When dad was in the basement, he opened a closet door.  Georta was in the closet and yelled “Boo.”  The father said that he was startled when he fired a single shot.  The shot hit Georta in the neck.  Georta was transported to Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The 72-year-old father has no prior criminal record.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “There is only one word for this - - tragedy.  It is impossible to imagine how horrible this father must feel for mistaking his son for an intruder.  All of the forensic evidence matches what the father told the police, and, therefore, no charges are appropriate.”