California teen fatally shoots father to protect mom from abuse, police say

A 16-year-old California boy fatally shot his father after an argument escalated into violence Saturday, The Fresno Bee reported.

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Detectives said Javier Vera, 54, was killed when his son attempted to stop him from abusing his mother, KFSN reported.

The teen will not face charges at this time, Fresno County sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said.

Botti said the teen and his parents were returning from a family gathering when the argument started.

Vera had been drinking and allegedly began choking his 49-year-old wife at the family home when the teen shot his father, Botti told the Bee.

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