Retired Cop 'Loses It,' Guns Down Own Son

Father, son were fighting over custody issues: police
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2011 4:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – A tragic story out of Florida: An 18-year-veteran of the Orlando Police Department shot and killed his 21-year-old son after an argument Saturday night. Police say Tim Davis, Sr., 47, was fighting with Tim Davis, Jr., over custody arrangements regarding Davis Jr.'s child. Davis Sr. admitted to police he shot his son, but said he didn't mean to kill him.

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"I was in a funk. I went and got my gun and I shot him," said Davis Sr., according to the arrest affidavit. "I did not mean to kill him. I have nothing to hide. I was not trying to kill him. I just lost it." Davis Sr. also said his son had hit him in the mouth and pushed him; then the father got his gun from his car and shot Davis Jr. twice. The retired officer is now in jail facing first-degree murder charges, WESH 2 reports. (Read more shooting stories.)

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