An argument turns deadly Saturday when a 16-year-old boy took matters into his own hands, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. A spokesman for the agency said it was the result of an escalating domestic violence attack.
Tony Botti, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said a 911 call came in around 4:30 p.m. of an injured person. Responding deputies arrived to a home on the 6800 block of West Clinton Avenue and found a man dead from at least one gunshot wound.
The investigation that followed closed off Clinton Avenue between Grantland and Bryan Avenues for the entire evening. Only deputies and homeowners were allowed to walk within the police tape.
The shooting happened after the teen saw his father choking his mother, according to Botti. He added the two had been arguing for some time after coming back home from a family gathering.
The teen was taken in for questioning and the domestic violence victim has been very cooperative. No arrest at this time.
“[He was] visibly shaken up. Scary situation, your mom and dad are in this fight, next thing you know you end up taking your dad’s life,” Botti said.
Investigators waited most of the evening for a search warrant to look inside the home. They’ve been staying on-scene for at least the time this story has been published.
Botti said the investigation will look to see if this is a justified self-defense shooting. He also said the dad did have alcohol in his system and has a history of being violent while drinking.
With this being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Botti said this serves as a terrible reminder.
“There are people out in our community who are experiencing things,” he said. “Where husbands are beating up wives, or maybe even wives are being abusive to husbands. IT’s time to speak up.”
The sheriff’s office will be looking into their records to see if this family has a history of domestic violence. The gun used has been secured by investigators. Its exact owner is unknown at this time.