Florida (Elizabeth Behrman-Tampa Bay Times) – A teenager defending his mother as his father beat and choked her Saturday night shot and killed him, authorities said.
The shooting happened about 10 p.m. after a small group of family and friends gathered around a bonfire outside a mobile home at 7427 Burnt Barn Ave. in the Antioch area of rural northeastern Hillsborough County, investigators said Sunday.
At some point, Christopher Thorpe, 36, followed his wife, Jill Thorpe, 35, into the mobile home. The two got in an argument, deputies said.
The fight escalated from words to fists and Christopher Thorpe began beating her, moving from the living room to the master bedroom, deputies said.
He was chocking her when their son rushed in. Channing Thorpe, 17, fired several shots from a handgun, deputies said.