Probe  of teen’s shooting ongoing

Posted: October 18, 2013

The Winchester Star

Above is a sketch of what one of the men allegedly involved in the shooting death of Rhett Goldizen looks like.
Rhett Goldizen

WINCHESTER — It’s been one year since a Stephenson man accidentally shot and killed his teenage son, and investigators are still trying to solve the crime.

“The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office has continued to investigate this incident and has exhausted all current leads,” said Capt. Allen Sibert in a Thursday media release. “Someone has information that can lead to solving this crime and some level of closure to the family who has been greatly affected.”

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 last year by Frederick County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ross Spicer.

Spicer subsequently decided not to file charges against Goldizen based on the results of the investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office previously released descriptions of the alleged perpetrators, along with a description of their vehicle.

One of the men is described as white, in his early to mid-20s, and standing 5 feet 11 inches or shorter with a medium build. He was reported to have a full beard and moustache and was allegedly seen wearing a camouflage baseball hat, a brown camouflage waist-length jacket and dark work boots.

The other man was described as being white, in his early to mid-20s, with a thin nose and standing about 6 feet tall.

His outer garment, which was full or partial camouflage, was open and showed another garment underneath that was dark in color and could have been a sweater. The man allegedly wore jeans and dark Timberland-style work boots.

He reportedly had brown to black hair that lay over his ears, a sparse beard, and wore a dark, toboggan-style hat.

Goldizen detected no odor of cigarettes or alcohol on either man, nor an accent or speech impediment, according to the previous Sheriff’s Office release.

The vehicle that the men allegedly drove off in is described as an SUV with big “mud-type” tires. The back of the vehicle was more rounded than squared with long, thin taillights, according to the information released.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for any information, however slight, to be provided to the investigator at 540-504-6509 or to Crime Solvers at 540-665-8477.

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