Published: Thursday, April 08, 2010
By Freeman staff and The Associated Press
ANCRAMDALE — A 42-year-old man apparently killed his 5-year-old son with a shotgun and then took his own life, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday.
Sheriff David W. Harrison Jr. said deputies were called to 9715 state Route 82 in the southeastern Columbia County community of Ancramdale about 9:30 a.m. and found Franklin Hankerson and his son Khaliff dead from gunshot wounds.
The boy was shot several times with a shotgun, authorities said; the father appeared to have died from a rifle shot.
Harrison said it appeared the two deaths were a murder-suicide but that the investigation was not yet complete.
Investigators believe the shootings took place about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police were notified about the deaths in a 911 call Wednesday morning from the boy’s grandfather, who lives next door, Harrison said.
Autopsies were to be performed today.
Harrison said Hankerson was unemployed and undergoing kidney dialysis.
The sheriff also said Hankerson and the boy’s mother were not married and did not live together and that there had been custody disputes. The mother also complained about Hankerson’s marijuana use, Harrison said.
The Register-Star of Hudson reported the mother lives in Pine Plains and Khaliff attended a Dutchess County preschool.
Hankerson did not leave a suicide note, the sheriff said.
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