Police: Man says he fatally shot son in self-defence

NASHVILLE - Authorities say a Tennessee man says he shot and killed his son in self-defence.

News outlets report Metro Nashville police say 42-year-old Mario Ford Sr. told 20-year-old Mario Ford Jr. he needed to move out Sunday morning, leading to a confrontation. Ford Sr. told police his son pulled his gun first, at which point he drew his own weapon and fired, hitting his son in the neck.

Ford Jr. died at a hospital.

Investigators say both men recently armed themselves as a result of their ongoing dispute. Police are investigating Ford Sr.'s claim of self-defence.

Ford Sr. has been charged with unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon, and it wasn't immediately clear if he'll face charges related to his son's death. Online court records don't list an attorney.


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