Police: Stepson kills stepfather after gun dispute

James David Dickson and Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A River Rouge man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his stepfather early Monday during a dispute over a handgun in River Rouge, according to police and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Charles Edward Britton III, 21, is expected to be arraigned Thursday in 25th District Court on first-degree murder and felony firearm charges, said Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office.

The court handles cases from River Rouge, Ecorse and Lincoln Park.

Police were dispatched around 2:30 a.m. Monday after reports of a shooting at the family’s home on the 400 block of Campbell in River Rouge, according to officials. Police responded to find Britton’s stepfather, 51-year-old Kenneth Taylor, unresponsive. He later died at a local hospital.

“It is alleged that the defendant had a verbal argument with Mr. Taylor. Britton retrieved a handgun and fired multiple rounds at Mr. Taylor, fatally wounding him,” Miller said in a statement. “The River Rouge Police were dispatched to the scene where they found Britton and arrested him.”

The argument allegedly was about a handgun, police have said. It was unclear if the handgun used in the shooting was the handgun that sparked the argument, said Sgt. Dasumo Mitchell of the River Rouge Police Department.

It is River Rouge’s first homicide of the year. The city has about 7,600 residents.