GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- A 16-year-old Greene County boy who was one of four teens leading police on a 10-hour chase Thursday has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father.
Multiple media outlets reported the charges, which include accessory after the fact to murder for the three other teenagers. All four are also charged with theft.
Police said the teens took at least eight guns from Tennessee, but they were unarmed when they finally were arrested in South Carolina. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster has said one of the suspects told deputies they threw the pistols into a creek.
Along with the 16-year-old boy, police arrested a 16-year-old girl and two 15-year-old boys. Greene County deputies have said the father was 36 years old and was found shot to death in his home around 11 p.m. Wednesday.
The Associated Press is not identifying the suspects because they are juveniles. The AP also is not identifying the victim in order to protect the identities of the juveniles.
Police said the teens were in South Carolina because they were on their way to Myrtle Beach when a trooper spotted them in a van that belonged to the victim at about 5:30 a.m. on Thursday. That started a chase that ended in a wreck and the suspects running into the woods, according to the police account.
It was late afternoon by the time a strawberry farmer saw teens hiding in one of his fields. He called police, and the teens ran when they heard law enforcement approaching, Sheriff Foster said.
A helicopter followed them and they stopped running, waiting for officers to catch up and take them into custody. Foster said the teenagers were scratched up but not seriously hurt.
Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns could not be reached at his office Saturday. He previously said it was premature to talk about a motive in the case.
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