Police: Teen thought about walking away before shooting stepdad

Tyten Kaehu-Scanlan was walking to a gas station Wednesday morning when he ran into his ex-stepfather, Blackie Pele, headed in the opposite direction.

Kaehu-Scanlan told police he considered walking away from the man, with whom the 19-year-old had a tenuous relationship that had sometimes turned violent.

Instead, police say, the young man pulled a handgun from his backpack. He shot Pele once in the stomach, and then fired two more shots into Pele’s head.

The new details in the shooting were released Thursday in a police arrest report for Kaehu-Scanlan, who was booked Wednesday on a murder charge.

Police said Kaehu-Scanlan shot and killed Pele about 9 a.m. two blocks from the family’s home on Begonia Valley Avenue, near Windmill Parkway and Eastern Avenue.

Pele died on the sidewalk.

Kaehu-Scanlan’s mother, Rebecca Scanlan, told police she recently had divorced Pele, with whom she had been raising eight young children and two older stepchildren.

Pele and Kaehu-Scanlan had hated each other after a domestic violence incident in October in which the younger man was charged with battery. The charges were later dropped, and some family members blamed Pele for inciting his stepson.

Pele left the family home but continued to be a part of his children’s lives. Neighbors told the Review-Journal he would wait on the street corner every day to walk his children to school. He was in the neighborhood on Wednesday to take his daughter to her fifth-grade graduation, the police report said.

Kaehu-Scanlan also wanted to attend his half-sister’s graduation, the report said, but Rebecca Scanlan asked her son to stay behind to avoid an incident with Pele.

Her pleas would fall on deaf ears.

According to the report, Scanlan realized something was amiss when she noticed her son wasn’t inside the home.

When she went outside, she saw Kaehu-Scanlan walking toward her with a gun in his hands. The mother and son wrestled for the weapon for a brief moment as the teenager placed the weapon to his chin and then his temple, the report said.

Kaehu-Scanlan eventually freed himself from her grasp and continued to the house, where he and his sister hid the gun in the backyard.

Rebecca Scanlan found the body of her husband on the sidewalk about two blocks away on La Serna Street.

Kaehu-Scanlan was described by neighbors as a menace with a history of causing trouble. He had been wanted on a felony battery warrant for punching his neighbor in the face last year, court records show, and neighbors said they had called the police dozens of times because of the teenager’s violent behavior.

Kaehu-Scanlan admitted killing his stepfather, the report said, telling detectives he “was not going to lie.”

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at or 702-383-0283.

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