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Father Fatally Shoots Son Trying To Break Into Family Home, Police Say

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A man was allegedly shot and killed by his father while trying to break into his parents' home early this morning. Just before 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, L.A. County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in a home located on the 19800 block of E. Golden Bough Drive in Covina Hills, reports CBS LA. When they arrived they found that the 70-year-old homeowner had shot his son, a man in his 40s, who had broken into the home by shattering a large glass door. The son was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lt. Steve Jauch of the Sheriff's Department tells ABC 7 that the father knew the intruder was his son—who lived in the home with his parents—but shot him with a handgun because he felt threatened.

"It's going to be our job to pin down why the father felt threatened," Jauch told ABC 7.

The father and mother are currently being questioned at the Walnut Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff's Department has not released the identities of any of the family members.

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Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.