Man Fatally Shoots Teen Daughter He Thought Was Intruder Breaking Into Home

A man fatally shot his daughter on Wednesday after thinking she was an intruder breaking into his home.

The Columbus Police Department in Ohio said in an incident report that at around 4:28 a.m. local time on Wednesday, they were called to a residence located on the 5400 block of Piper Bend Drive following reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived to the home, they found a 16-year-old female, identified as Janae Hairston, suffering from a gunshot wound. Local emergency medical services (EMS) were also on scene and transported Hairston to the Mount Carmel East Hospital where she was described as being in "critical condition."

Hairston was pronounced deceased in the hospital at approximately 5:42 a.m. local time, the Columbus Police Department said.

The Columbus Police Department confirmed to Newsweek that Hairston's father was the one who fired the deadly gunshots at his daughter.

While speaking with Newsweek, Columbus Police Department Detective Darren Egelhoff confirmed that Hairston's father shot his daughter after he mistook her for a home intruder.

According to Egelhoff, Hairston had snuck out of her home a few hours before the shooting incident at approximately 2 a.m. local time. Egelhoff explained that Hairston had disabled the home's alarm system just before leaving.

Hairston's father, who was not identified by police, realized the home's alarm system had been disabled when he woke up in the middle of the night. When he attempted to reset the alarm system, it notified him that the front door was partially open, Egelhoff explained.

Hairston's father eventually shut the home's front door and the shooting incident occurred shortly after.

The Columbus Dispatch obtained the 911 call from the incident, which was made by Hairston's mother shortly after her daughter was shot.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the 911 call lasted over eight minutes and both of Hairston's parents can be heard pleading with their daughter to wake up and repeatedly asking police how soon they will arrive. Officers with the Columbus Police Department arrived to the residence approximately five minutes after the call was made, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

The Columbus Dispatch also reported that Hairston was a junior at the Canal Winchester High School.

According to the Columbus Police Department, no charges have been filed following this incident. The case has since been sent to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office for further review, the department said in the incident report.

The Franklin County Prosecutor's Office declined to make any comments on the incident after Newsweek reached out.

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A 16-year-old teen was fatally shot by her father in Columbus, Ohio, after he mistook her for a home intruder. Above, Columbus Police gather nearby during an "International March for Black Lives" against police brutality at City Hall in downtown Columbus, Ohio, on June 27, 2020. Seth Herald/Getty