An elderly woman’s grandson was found dead earlier this week. Her deputy son is a suspect, according to police.
The off-duty Lee County deputy went to visit his mother at her Cape Coral home Tuesday afternoon. He then started arguing with her grandson, according to the Cape Coral Police Department, the investigating agency.
The deputy was the boy’s father, Fox 4 reports.
The argument escalated and the grandmother went to a neighbor’s home to call police. By the time officers arrived, they found her grandson “unresponsive” and not breathing. All lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and the boy was pronounced dead at scene, according to an agency news release.
The deputy, his father, was then taken to the Cape Coral Police Station to be interviewed. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office was also notified about the death investigation.
The son was taken to the medical examiner’s office.
“This is an ongoing investigation pending an autopsy, toxicology report and forensic evidence,” according to a news release.
It’s still unclear how old the son was, how long it took police to respond or if the deputy is still in custody.
The Cape Coral Police Department did not immediately respond for comment.