Family: Father takes photo of daughter then kills her, shoots self


Westminster police outside the scene of a shooting Monday Nov. 18, 2013.

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A man apparently killed his 1-year-old daughter before shooting himself Monday morning in a domestic incident in Westminster.

The shooting near 72nd Avenue and Stuart Street was reported about 9:35 a.m., the Westminster Police Department said. Dispatchers received a 911 call from a woman saying her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Merrick McKoy, was in her apartment and that he had a gun.

McKoy, who was the father of the woman’s young daughter, is the subject of a restraining order forbidding him from being at the address, police said.

After a scuffle, the woman fled the apartment and called police again from a neighbor’s home. The child was left behind.

Police arriving on the scene a short time later heard gunshots. Upon entering the apartment, they found that both the man and the child had been shot.

The child, identified as Mia McKoy-Phanthavongsa, died of her injuries, police said. McKoy’s condition was not released.

A family member said McKoy had taken a photo of himself with his daughter and posted it to Facebook shortly before the shooting.

On Monday morning, a Facebook page allegedly belonging to McKoy featured the status update “Don’t judge me had no choice.”

Police were still investigating exactly what happened in the apartment.

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