Gwinnett cops: Sons, 17 and 22, tried to kill mom and dad

Two Gwinnett County men tried to kill their parents Saturday morning, beating them while letting natural gas seep into their Snellville-area home, police said.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Sgt. Rich Long said officers responded to the 3000 block of Forbes Trail at about 7:50 a.m., after receiving a 911 call from a woman saying “her children were trying to kill her and her husband.”

“She stated that her husband was distracting them so she was able to call for help,” Long said in an email. “The call eventually went silent.”

When authorities arrived at the home, they found the father of Cameron and Christopher Ervin, ages 17 and 22, respectively, “severely injured and bleeding heavily.” Their mother was “seriously injured,” Long said. Both were taken to the hospital.

Officers also detected a “strong odor of natural gas” inside the home. The exact intention was unclear, but Long said the gas was “part of the overall plan” allegedly devised by the Ervin brothers.

Both men were detained at the scene and were “cooperative” during subsequent interviews at Gwinnett County police headquarters, Long said. They were booked into the Gwinnett County jail shortly after 12:30 p.m.

Online records show each brother has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of first-degree arson.

A possible motive was not provided.