Associated Press Boy admitted to shooting stepfather

BOZEMAN (AP) - A Bozeman teen-ager, who has admitted shooting his stepfather shortly after the two argued over the boy's delinquent car payment, was charged Thursday with attempted murder.

Richard Luhrsen, 17, and his stepfather had a strained relationship, including at least one instance of violence, Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert said in court papers.

Police arrested the teen-ager Wednesday night as a suspect in the Monday shooting of Eric A. Luhrsen, who was shot in the chest and arms as he and his wife took their nightly stroll.

Lambert and Bozeman Detective Capt. Bill Dove said an angry Richard Luhrsen dressed in black clothes, grabbed his .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle and drove to a spot where he ambushed his stepfather.

The teen-ager ran to his car, drove to a pond and threw the rifle into the water before going to a friend's house.

A search-and-rescue team diver found the rifle Thursday morning.

Eric Luhrsen, 37, underwent emergency surgery Monday night and remained hospitalized Thursday in Billings.

Defense attorney Brock Albin said the elder Luhrsen is expected to fully recover, but Lambert said he might lose an arm due to complications from the surgery.

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