Kansas man held on murder charges after shooting, killing father

Derrick G. Bohnenkemper

HOLTON, Kan. — A Kansas man is being held on murder charges after shooting and killing his father early Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 3 a.m. the Jackson County, Kansas Sheriff’s Office received reports from a home located in Holton, Kan., just north of Topeka, where a woman said her son had shot her husband twice in the head and she was barricaded inside a bedroom.

When deputies arrived to the scene they saw a man inside the home armed with a long gun. They were able to approach the house and get the female victim out to safety without injury from a bedroom window while the suspected shooter was trying to break down the bedroom door.

Jackson County, Kansas Sheriff Tim Morse said he was able to make contact with the suspect by phone and spoke with him for several hours. The suspect refused to follow orders and leave the home.

Deputies then propelled gas into the home where the suspect allegedly fired a shotgun at law enforcement striking a vehicle they were using for cover.

The suspect later left the home and surrendered to law enforcement around 8:30 a.m.

A male victim, identified as Gaylen Bohnenkemper, 73, of Holton, was found deceased inside the home.

The suspect, identified as Derrick G. Bohnenkemper, 49, of Holton, was taken to the Jackson County, Kansas Jail where he is being held on murder charges.