Son charged with murder in shooting death of father

A Richmond County man is dead and his son has been charged with murder.

The fatal shooting took place late Saturday night in the 2600 block of Vernon Drive, and 60-year-old Ronald Kearse was pronounced dead at the scene at midnight, according to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen.

Deputies were called to the scene around 11 p.m. after reports of shots being fired.

His son, Perry Christain Kearse, 25, fled the scene but was taken into custody at 2:30 a.m. Sunday by Richmond County Sheriff’s Office deputies. He has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the sheriff’s office.

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