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Police: Teen fatally shoots dad to protect mom

7:10 AM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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Antioch, Florida -- Police say a teenager defending his mother fatally shot his father in Plant City.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says police received a call around 10:15 Saturday night about a shooting at a mobile home on Burnt Barn Avenue. When deputies arrived, they found 36-year-old Christopher Thorpe dead in the master bedroom.

Investigators say the shooting appears to be the result of a fight between Christopher and his wife, Jill.

A verbal argument reportedly turned physical as deputies say Thorpe began beating his wife in the master bedroom. As Thorpe strangled her, their 17-year-old son rushed in, armed with a handgun. He fired several shots, hitting Thorpe.

The mother was also shot in the thigh, and is being treated at a nearby hospital.

Police have not arrested the teen, who was left in the custody of his mother.


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