Police: Grandad Fatally Shoots 6-Year-Old Over Watermelon

Police: Grandad Fatally Shoots 6-Year-Old Over Watermelon

Published June 9, 2009

A Georgia man shot and killed his 6-year-old grandson Sunday because the boy cut his watermelon prematurely, police said.

Before police eventually shot 55-year-old Robert L. Clark, he managed to kill the child and seriously wound his wife. The boy was identified as Michael Levigne. 

“At this point in the investigation we believe the argument precipitated over a watermelon,” Commerce Police Chief John Gaissert said from the scene Monday. “The child either dropped the watermelon or cut it prematurely. The ensuing argument escalated and resulted in deadly violence.”

What happened next was a 45-minute standoff with police after Clark opened his front door with a rifle in hand, Gaissert said. Two officers from Commerce, two from Jackson County, one from Pendergrass and a Georgia State Patrol trooper fired shots, police said.

“How many shots I can’t tell you,” said Gaissert, who said his officers are now on administrative leave.

Clark, who was shot several times, was air-lifted to Grady Memorial Hospital along with his wife, Linda Dale Clark, according to police. Mrs. Clark is in stable condition at Grady.

Written by BET.com Staff


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