Teen Says Her Father Asked Her To Shoot Him After Argument Over Her Use Of His ATM Card
Things got started when the father, 47 year old Harlan Copeland, confronted his daughter Trinity about using his ATM card down in Albany.
Times Union reports that things went downhill fast from there.
The girl, a student at Troy High School, told police in a two-page statement that her father, who was drinking, became highly upset when she told him she had taken the ATM card — and grabbed his rifle.
She said her enraged dad pointed the weapon at her, then told her he was going to kill her and himself “because he wasn’t going to jail for me misbehaving.”
She said she told her father she would “stay on punishment” but he came up with another option.
“He said that he was going to kill us both — or I was going to have to kill him,” Trinity Copeland told police. “I said that I don’t want to. He was like, ‘Then I’m going to kill you right now.’ I said ‘No, no, no, no.’ Then he said ‘take the gun’ and I took it. I walked up to him and grabbed the gun and I backed up and he said, ‘aim it’ and then I aimed it. I was shaking. I said that I don’t have to kill you if I don’t have to do this. He sat up aggressively and said ‘Then give me the gun and I will.’ I was like, ‘OK, OK.’ I aimed it and he told me what to say to cover it up.
“Then I asked him again, ‘Please don’t make me kill you, it’s not that serious.’ He was like, ‘I’m not going to say it again.’ I was like, ‘Why do I have to kill you, why do I have to kill you?’ He said either way he was going to die and he was giving me a way out. He laid back on the couch and I aimed at him. He said do it. I told him that I loved him and that I was sorry. Then I did it. I shot him.”