By Mark Fleming

A 16-year-old boy who allegedly shot his father while trying to stop an assault of his mother is not expected to face charges, according to Baytown police spokesman Lance Watkins.

Police were called to a trailer park in the 2800 block of Massey Tompkins Road about 10:40 p.m. Friday due to a report of gunshots.

Watkins said that when officers arrived, they learned that the father in the family had been shot by his 16-year-old son. Watkins said there was a disturbance between the man and a woman, which turned violent, with the man assaulting the woman.

Watkins said, “The son intervenes and tries to protect his mother, the father starts assaulting him, the son breaks away, grabs the gun and shoots the dad.”

The father was flown to a Houston hospital for treatment for his injuries. 

Watkins said the father would be charged with assault family violence.

No information was available Saturday afternoon on the father’s condition. It was not clear if charges had been filed yet or not; often charges are not filed until an injured suspect is released from the hospital.

The 16-year-old is a minor and was not identified by the police department. 

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