SACRAMENTO – Sacramento County Sheriff Jim Cooper sat down with CBS13 on Tuesday to address the tragic death of a 10-year-old boy who was shot and killed over the weekend.
Another 10-year-old boy was arrested as a suspected murderer and his father, Arkete Davis, 53, was arrested on charges of being an accessory.
“This is a very rare case where you have a 10-year-old victim and the suspect is 10 years old,” Sheriff Cooper said.
The deadly shooting claimed the life of Keith Frierson, commonly known to his loved ones as KJ. The sheriff met with Keith’s mother and grandmother on Tuesday to offer them support as they try to process how this is possible.
“He was just a sweet, loving boy,” said Keith’s godmother, Nina Trepagnier.
The detectives saidfor murder he took the gun from his father’s car. His father is a felon who legally should never have had a gun in the first place.
“If no one is afraid of getting in trouble or being punished, they’re going to keep doing these kinds of things,” Sheriff Cooper said.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CBS13 that two people seen on surveillance footage throwing something into a nearby trash can were the young suspect and his father.
We showed the sheriff the disturbing video for the first time during the one-on-one interview.
“That’s why I talk about bad parenting,” Sheriff Cooper said. “Obviously, the father is throwing the gun away. That’s bad parenting.”
Sheriff Cooper said the violent act was preventable and his biggest concern was that prohibited people were illegally possessing weapons and supporting young people in the community.
“A lot of these bad guys carry guns because they know they’re not going to get in trouble, or if they do, it’s minimal,” Sheriff Cooper said. “It’s a slap on the wrist.”
In 2023, Sacramento County had 34 gun homicides, and 26 of them were people who illegally possessed guns. The sheriff’s office said none were committed by concealed weapon carriers.
“We are the state capital here, so the staff who work at the Capitol and help pass these bills watch the news on their station and other stations, and hopefully that will give them a sense of that,” he said Sheriff Cooper. .
A 6-year-old boy playing outside with Keith witnessed the entire tragedy.
“I think in our younger children, it manifests itself in that internal way where they can’t really verbalize what they’re experiencing,” said Dr. Lynda Gibson, clinical assistant professor of psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Gibson said the 6-year-old or anyone affected by this violence needs support. Sheriff Cooper said his office is committed to working with schools in impoverished neighborhoods this year.
“We want to reach out and adopt a school and see if we can change the narrative with those kids,” Sheriff Cooper said.
They plan to do this work by developing academic improvement incentives that give children the opportunity to break the cycle. Sheriff Cooper said the next step is to make sure it’s important to Keith.
“Children are precious. Every child deserves the opportunity to have a full and rich life. That was taken from KJ,” he said. “Look at this story. Get angry, get angry, but do something about it. Don’t sit back. Get involved and commit.”
Davis is due in court for his first appearance on Wednesday. It is not yet known when her 10-year-old son who was arrested will appear.