Nashville Man Kills Son In Self-Defense, Police Believe

Saturday night’s fatal shooting of Tony C. Waters Jr., 29, by his father at the family home on Collier Avenue is being investigated as a potential justifiable homicide after Waters Jr. assaulted two other persons in the residence, left, and then came back reportedly still violent.

South Precinct officers initially responded to the home at 8 p.m. Saturday and were told that Waters Jr. arrived intoxicated and punched his cousin and stepmother before fleeing. The stepmother required hospital treatment for a laceration to her face. After speaking with the assault victims and Waters’ father, Tony Waters Sr., 47, officers left to obtain arrest warrants for Waters Jr.

Officers were called back to home at 10:25 p.m. in regard to a shooting. Waters Sr. said his son had shown back up and was told repeatedly to leave. Waters Sr. said when he began to telephone the police department to return to the house, Waters Jr. became irate and lunged at him. Waters Sr. said he fired a warning shot and continued to tell his son to leave. Waters Sr. said after his son grabbed him around the neck, he shot him. Waters Jr. was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No charges have been placed against Waters Sr. South Precinct detectives will be staffing the case with the District Attorney’s Office.

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