Man killed in shootout with son ID’d

The shooting happened Saturday evening in the 5600 Block of Magda Court, detectives said. (Photos by ED FROMMER)

The shooting happened Saturday evening in the 5600 Block of Magda Court in Palmdale, detectives said. (Photos by ED FROMMER)

PALMDALE – A 70-year-old man shot to death this past weekend during a gunfight with his son at their Palmdale home has been identified as John Charles Duft, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

The incident happened around 7:40 p.m. Saturday (May 25) at a home in the 5600 Block of Magda Court, according to press report from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

Father and son exchanged gunfire and a verbal dispute, detectives said.

Father and son exchanged gunfire after a verbal dispute, detectives said.

“The information we have is that both men were at home and there was some type of a verbal dispute that resulted in gunfire being exchanged between the two men,” said Lt. Steve Jauch of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. “Both of them were taken to a local hospital and the father died.”

“The son is still listed in critical but stable condition,” Jauch continued.

The son’s name has not yet been released. An earlier Sheriff’s press report identified him only as a 39-year-old White male.

“No arrests have been made as of yet, but it’s still an ongoing investigation,” Jauch said.

Additional information on this incident was not immediately available.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. If you like to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

  11 comments for “Man killed in shootout with son ID’d

  1. Randy
    June 25, 2013 at 7:01 am

    how come they dont report the truth about the amount of fire power that was in the house ? how many guns? how many rounds of ammo ? how many barret 50 cal. sniper …you get the point.

  2. lisa chavez
    June 9, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Thankyou Theresa..I am John’s daughter and juniors sister.

    • Theresa
      June 29, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      If you want to talk you can send me an email and I will give u my #.. Theresa.l.greenwood@

  3. Theresa
    June 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I knew father and son.. We have know John Duft for years. We are saddened by the news.. John will be greatly missed and will always have a special place in our hearts.. I hope John Jr. A full recovery .. RIP John..:(

    • lisa chavez
      June 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Thankyou Theresa. I am John’s daughter and Jr.’s sister

  4. Frank martineau
    May 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    RIP let’s excersise compasion. Don’t meddle in gossip n hearsay
    and jokers please stop. how rude

  5. AVfubar
    May 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Very bizarre.

  6. LIFE
    May 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm


  7. J. Ripper
    May 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Couldn’t agree on TV shows?

    • sikntired
      May 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Bonanza reruns vs. how I met your mother.

  8. Johnny Trece
    May 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    A good old fashion father-son shoot out.
    What kind of issue would spark-up something of this caliber?
    I believe the answer to this question would be extremely interesting.
    Does anyone have any other info about this shoot out?

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