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Man kills young son, then himself

Posted at 8:47 PM, Jun 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-12 20:47:00-04

  PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man fatally shot his 10-year-old son and then killed himself.


      The Bay County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies found Phillip Stephens dead of a gunshot wound Tuesday night at a Panama City Beach home. His son, Joshua, was initially still alive but died a short time later at a nearby hospital.


      The Panama City News Herald reports that a teenage family member was also at home at the time of shooting but did not witness it. Family members told investigators that Stephens had a history of threatening suicide.


      It wasn't immediately clear why he killed himself and his son Tuesday.