WOOLWICH — A township man was shot to death in his own home by his step-son, prosecutors announced Monday.
Woolwich Township Police responded to a 911 call Saturday after 4 p.m., according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
Officers found 43-year-old Dennis McKenzie at his Cottonwood Road home, dead after being shot in the head and back, authorities said.
McKenzie's step-son, Christian Smith, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was arrested at the scene.
An autopsy by the Gloucester County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed manner of death as homicide.
Smith, 23, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and possession of a weapon without a permit to carry.
He was being held at Salem County Jail, pending a detention hearing.
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