ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – Investigators are detailing a homicide now labeled as justified after a teen shot his father Tuesday morning. Malachi Heisler tells us he woke up to cries for help early Tuesday morning.
“I woke up to my name being called, okay. I heard the words Malachi and help, that’s all I heard when I woke up,” said Heisler in front of his home.
Heisler spoke with a bandana covering his mouth.
“He pointed it at my mother first, and then when I came out of the room he pointed it at me. So picture in your head, it was a standoff between me and him. He had his pistol and I had my rifle. It doesn’t matter a bullet is a bullet, one shot, you’re dead,” explained Heisler.
Heisler, who is 18, said he was in the home with his mother, her boyfriend and his younger sister. The teen said he only had seconds to make a decision and didn’t know who the man he shot was until after he pulled the trigger. Heisler tells us he recognized his father by tattoos and physical characteristics.
“Think of it as a swat get up, you see what swat members wear. Think that, except without a helmet, it was a ski mask,” said Heisler about what his father was wearing.
Heisler said he was questioned for hours by detectives Tuesday morning.
“At first it felt like I made the wrong decision. That’s how they made me feel. At first it felt like I made the complete wrong decision, everybody was raised voices, k9 units, guns pointed at me.”
Heisler said his mother had a restraining order against his father, after he was arrested at their home in April of 2015 and charged with felon in possession of firearms.
“I had a feeling that something like this would happen but I didn’t know when,” said Heisler, who is convinced his father was there to kill him.
“He wanted to scare us first, and then kill us while we were afraid.”
Heisler was released after hours of questioning Tuesday morning.
“He wasn’t a good dad, no (expletive) father of the year awards,” said Heisler finally.