Sheriff: Teen “Justified” In Father’s Shooting


(KSEE) A 16-year-old California boy who shot and killed his father Saturday night was back with his mother Sunday after being detained and interviewed by Fresno County Sheriff’s Office detectives. 

They determined the teen did shoot Javier Vera, 54, to protect his mother.

In an email Sunday, sheriff’s office public information officer Tony Botti said the agency does not plan to arrest the teen in the future. The case is now headed to the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office to determine is any criminal charges are warranted.

“They had just come back from a family gathering earlier,” said Botti. “The argument actually started to heat up just as they were getting back to the house.”

At the house, investigators say the argument only continued to escalate, resulting in the fatal act sometime before 4:30 p.m.

“The husband actually began choking the wife. It was during that time, or shortly thereafter, their 16-year-old son approached them with a gun — and ended up shooting the father,” Botti said.

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