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Community in shock after police say son kills his father

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A community is in shock after a man admits to killing his father. It happened around 8:30 Monday morning in Pontoosuc, Illinois.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office says Andrew De Haven, 36, killed his father Michael De Haven, 67, and was taken into custody without incident

The sheriff said Andrew is in the Hancock County Jail and they expect to file formal charges Tuesday.

Residents say a killing like this hasn't happened in a long time.

Pontoosuc, Illinois is a small town that sits quietly along the Mississippi River.

"Little river town, great place to live. I never hardly lock my doors," said resident Harold Ried.

But Monday, it was anything but quiet when the Hancock County Sheriff was called after Andrew told his neighbor he killed his 67-year-old father.

"You get a little nervous with all those cops out there and wondering what's going out and when it's right next to your house it's a little concerning," said Ried.

Ried said he's lived in his home for nearly 40 years and has never had a problem with his neighbors just across the way.

"Everybody's known him. He's been around a lot longer than I have. They're from Illinois here so a lot more people know him than I do. Yeah, it's just sad," said Ried.

Neighbors said sheriff's deputies have frequented the house at 690 4th street over the years but never for anything violent.

Bob Durand said there hasn't been a murder at any time throughout his over 3 decades as mayor of Pontoosuc.

"The man had retired from the prison. He was a guard over there all these years and he never bothered anybody," said Durand.

And Durand said he hopes nothing like this ever happens again in their town.

"I never would have expected this. I don't know what went on to cause this but it's not good," said Durand.

The sheriff would not comment on how the man was killed. We may learn more about that once official charging documents are filed.

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Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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