Published: Nov 26, 2012 10:11 AM EST

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) - Police say a teenager defending his mother fatally shot his father in Plant City.
    
The shooting happened late Saturday as a group of family and friends were gathered around a bonfire outside a mobile home in a rural area northeast of Tampa. Police say the teen's parents went into the mobile home and got into an argument.
    
The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/TlE5y8 ) reports the father began beating the mother and was choking her when the 17-year-old son rushed in.
    
Police say the teen shot his father with a handgun before calling 911. Police found the father dead in the master bedroom. The mother was shot in the thigh. She was treated at a nearby hospital.
    
Police did not arrest the teen, who was left in the custody of his mom.
    
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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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