WINCHESTER — A local man will not be charged after preliminary findings in the October death of his teenage son revealed that he accidentally shot and killed him.
Rhett Goldizen — a 17-year-old James Wood High School student — was killed in the early morning hours of Oct. 18 after an alleged exchange of gunfire between his father Steve Goldizen and two unknown men at his home in the 200 block of Monastery Ridge Road near Jordan Springs.
When Steve Goldizen ordered the men off his property and retreated into his home, his son emerged from around a corner from the dining room into the front foyer of the home — startling his father, who then accidentally fired a round from his weapon, according to information released Tuesday by Frederick County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ross Spicer.
Spicer decided not to file charges against Goldizen based on the preliminary results of the investigation. He added, however, that if additional evidence develops, officials could revisit the case.
“The concept paramount to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is to prosecute cases as vigorously as possible,” Spicer said. “Of course [that also means] declining to pursue charges if probable cause is lacking.”
He said that the investigation did not reveal any information that would support charging Goldizen with the shooting of his son.
The case remains under investigation.
For more information about the investigation and the two suspects at large, read Wednesday's Winchester Star.