Man Strangles Wife, Gets Shot By Their 16-Year-Old Son

A teenage boy shot his father to death to protect his mother.

Fresno, CA – A 16-year-old boy fatally shot his father while trying to stop him from strangling his mother.

Javier Vera, 54, was shot at around 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13, according to KFSN.

Vera had been drinking with his 49-year-old wife when they got into an argument, according to Fresno County Sheriff’s Spokesman Tony Botti.

The verbal argument escalated into a physical fight, according to police. Then, Vera began to choke his wife.

The boy grabbed a gun and shot his father. After the shooting, theboy called 911.

The 16-year-old boy was interviewed by detectives, who determined the shooting was done to defend his mother’s life.

The boy was released and allowed to go back home with his mother, police said.

No arrests were made and police said they don’t plan to arrest the 16-year-old boy.

"It appears that the husband was at that time strangling his wife so you can imagine there can't be anything more controlling than someone with their hands around your neck cutting off your air supply," said Nicole Linder, executive director of the non-profit Marjaree Mason Center, a shelter-based, domestic violence program, according to KFSN.

Linder said Fresno County gets 7,000 calls every year to the police in relation to domestic abuse. She said domestic violence is about power and control over someone and it impacts more than just the couple.

"I hear a lot of people that think and want to pretend that kids don't understand what's going on in a relationship,” Linder said, according to KFSN. “But the fact is they see they hear they feel and there's a lot of trauma that the kids are enduring when they're in an abusive home. It affects everyone in our community and we need to stand up and take it seriously.”

Comments (14)
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Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Hey @Burgers Allday boy its a good thing that 16 year old had a gun ey brah saved his mom's life sounds like. Woulda been ugly had he had to use a knife.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I wonder if stronger domestic strangulation laws would have prevented this tragedy. Eh burger fucker.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I hope the boy realizes he did the right thing saving his Mom and I pray that nightmare doesn't haunt him

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Alcohol and drugs, one of the biggest problems facing society, but no one wants to admit it!

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

Job well done. I'm sure he felt he had no other choice.

Readbetweenthelines
Readbetweenthelines

That poor boy 😥 An ultimate sacrifice in anyone’s life. I do hope he gets the professional support he needs and deserves?! Poor kid, would have been traumatised his whole life with this. And his poor mum! Please let you’re selves heal and become stronger again?! God bless 🙏💗

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Thank God they are not going to be charging him! He is a hero in my book 👍👏❤❤❤

Danimyl
Danimyl

I hope one day this young man will put this behind him with knowledge that he did the right thing.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Oh i believe we the people are quite aware of problems due to drug n alcohol abuse. I feel bad for the 16 yr old. To witness this n have to shoot his own father.hope he gets help for the guilt he will carry. Bless this child

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

U r wrong. The problem has been here for decades. Treatment is available. But person has to want to change. You cant force them. Only thru incarceration will they stop. Til they get out..to start the cycle over again. Each persons bottom is different. Until they hit it they dont stop. I know this cause im 65 yr old in recovery. Disease of addiction ruins lives daily. So yes we r aware

Woody20164
Woody20164

Tragic event, but it will certainly cause some cognitive dissonance for the "anti-gun violence" crowd.