The father of a 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot at his grandparents' home in a gated community in suburban Detroit said there was no reason to use deadly force against the unarmed youth.
Jonathan Hoffman was a senior at Farmington Central High School. He was repeatedly shot at a home Friday in Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township, according to police.
Hoffman's 74-year-old grandmother was in custody Sunday, police Lt. Tim Diamond said. He said he expected police to submit a report to the prosecutor's office Sunday.
The teen was living with his grandparents so he could stay in Farmington schools while his divorced parents settled in Arizona, said his father, Michael Hoffman, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jerome Sabbota, a lawyer for the grandmother, said Jonathan Hoffman had legal problems over drugs and had conflicts with his grandmother.
Sabbota said his client fired her new .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun because she felt she had no choice.
"This is a 74-year-old . lady who just bought a gun. It's not like she was a pro. I don't think she was in control of her emotions. She was afraid. She's not a big, strong woman," Sabbota said.
Regardless of what difficulties the teen gave his grandmother, there was no reason for her to shoot him, his father said.
"I'm not saying he was aggressive, but if he was, I don't understand how being aggressive but unarmed would justify her using deadly force," Michael Hoffman said.
The night before he died, Jonathan Hoffman saw the Sasha Baron Cohen movie "The Dictator" with friends, but they barely watched because they were cracking up and having a good time, the friends said.
"He was one of the funniest kids I know," said Adam Makhoul, 17, of Birmingham. "He was never violent. He always was a giving person."
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield.