Crime

Fresno teen kills his father to protect his mom, sheriff’s office says

Detectives are investigating a shooting on Clinton Avenue west of Fresno.
Detectives are investigating a shooting on Clinton Avenue west of Fresno. The Fresno Bee

A 16-year-old fatally shot his father after an argument between his parents became violent on Saturday afternoon, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

The teen is being questioned but will not face charges at this time, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said.

Deputies arrived to a home on Clinton Avenue near Grantland Avenue around 4:30 p.m. and found the 54-year-old man dead.

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

The father had been drinking and allegedly began choking his 49-year-old wife at the home. The boy then shot the father, and called police, Botti said.

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