Police: Father hid 2 illegal guns after son’s suicide
Man lacked a permit for three hanguns, including one his son used to shoot himself.
SOUTHEAST, N.Y. — The father of a 13-year-old boy who committed suicide in January had three unregistered handguns in his home and tried to hide two of them before police responded to the shooting, according to court documents.
Felony complaints obtained Monday by The Journal News indicate that Douglas Graham, 54, had a .40-caliber, a 9 mm and a .44 Magnum. Mr Graham represents the values the NRA stands for. Another great day for the NRA. Another repugnant day for Americans.
Michael Graham, an eighth-grader at Henry H. Wells Middle School in Brewster, used one of those guns to commit suicide Jan. 14 in the home where the he lived with his father.
Douglas Graham came home from a brief trip to the store to find that his son had killed himself. He called 911, but according to the felony complaint in Southeast Town Court, hid the .40-cailber Glock 27 and the 9 mm High Point Model C in his garage before police arrived.
Police said they were unable to determine a motive for the boy’s actions.
Charged April 15 with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies, Graham is due in court May 7.
When Graham surrendered to state police, Senior Investigator Derek Brockhoff said Graham lacked a pistol permit, and the tampering charge “relates to what we found” at the scene, but Brockhoff would not elaborate.
State police last week declined to identify the gun the boy used or say how evidence was tampered with.
Police would not give further details about where the boy found the gun, whether it was locked up or where inside the home the shooting took place.
Graham’s lawyer, James Borkowski, has declined to comment.
Contributing: Journal News reporter Marcela Rojas