Murder charge filed against Michiana dad accused of killing son


ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) Plans to adopt a child apparently played a key role in last week’s shooting death of a St. Joseph County teenager.

Court documents allege that 47 year old Christopher Fulce, Sr. shot and killed his son, 19 year old Charlin Fulce.

The shooting took place in the driveway of the father’s home on Fillmore Road last Thursday afternoon, while another son and his half-brother were visiting.

Court documents allege that 47 year old Christopher Fulce, Sr. planned to adopt a child that he had spent “many years” caring for and that his son Charlin Fulce disagreed with those plans.

Charlin told his father that he knew he could locate the “rightful father.”

That’s when Christopher Fulce, Sr. threw a toy car at Charlin—who threw it back—before hitting his father in the chest with a closed fist.

One witness heard the father say, “The day you hit me is the day you’re gonna (expletive) die.”

The son left the house and got into his car. The father came out after grabbing a shotgun upstairs.

The two exchanged shots until Charlin was struck in the head and neck area and a bullet fragment entered his brain stem causing “catastrophic injury.”

Court documents indicate that the father spoke with police and said he didn’t initially know that his son had a weapon. Christopher Fulce, Sr. started out shooting at the ground in front of his son’s car until Charlin shot back.

During today’s initial court appearance, Christopher Fulce, Sr. told the judge that he was the beneficiary on his son’s life insurance policy and wanted to sign off on that so the money could cover funeral expenses.

Christopher Fulce, Sr. said he does not have a job and lives on Social Security disability. He was assigned a public defender.

Earlier version:

Formal charges have been filed against a Michiana father accused of killing his own son.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office has charged 47-year-old Christopher Fulce Sr. with the murder of Charlin Fulce.

Christopher Fulce Sr. is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon. NewsCenter 16’s Mark Peterson will have a full report this evening.

On the afternoon of Thursday, November 17, officers were called to the father’s home in the 23000 block of Fillmore Road on a report that shots had been fired.

The man’s son, 19-year-old Charlin Fulce, was shot and hospitalized in critical condition. He died the next day.

St. Joseph County Sheriff Michael Grzegorek says an argument occurred inside the house and spilled outside into the driveway. “We don’t know where he was going, but he was driving away. It appears that there was gunfire exchanged as the person was driving away.”

Grzegorek added that there were numerous people inside the home at the time.

Court records show that Christopher Fulce has had no run-ins with the law outside of traffic violations, while Charlin Fulce had been arrested a half dozen times in the past nine months.

In February, Charlin Fulce was charged with felony robbery, although that charge was later dropped when he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun violation that netted him a 140-day jail sentence that he served this summer.

On October 19, court records show that Charlin Fulce was charged with misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief in a case that is still pending.

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