Police report details of father who shot son

Posted at 1:30 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 15:30:58-04

What started as an evening of video games and drinking turned into a deadly argument between father and son according to a Denver police report.

As detailed in the probable cause statement, Dannie Clark, age 62 walked from his residence on Quitman St. to his son's house on Vrain. Clark's son, whose name has not been released, was 43 years old.

He arrived at his son's house between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and according to Dannie Clark, they played video games and both father and son drank multiple shots of alcohol. They argued and Clark claims that his son threatened him. As Clark's son advanced toward him, Clark shot his son.

"I shot my son," Dannie Clark told the operator when he called 911. Clark's son was transported by ambulance to Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 11:47 p.m.

In Clark's statement to the police, he said that his son had assaulted him during a previous incident.


From the Denver Police Department probable cause statement of Dannie Clark:

Dannie Clark said on 911 call “I shot my son.”

Clark told detective that he walked over to his son’s house on Vrain.
“Clark said he arrived at about 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Clark said they started playing a football video game. Clark said they both drank about three shots of alcohol and one beer while playing. Clark said an argument started inside of the residence and he decided to leave. Clark said while he was leaving the argument continued. Clark said when he got outside he fell onto some rocks. Clark thinks maybe his son pushed him. Clark said his son kicked him in the leg and on his buttocks while he was down. Clark said he retrieved a 25 caliber semi-auto handgun from his back pack. Clark said he crawled towards the street. Clark said he got up onto his feet. Clark said he thinks his son said “I will kill you.” Clark said his son started to advance towards him. Clark said he was retreating backwards, he shot his son. Clark thinks he fired two shots.”
“Clark said his son, (blanked out), has assaulted him before, to include an assault that resulted in the loss of an eye.”