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Father shoots and kills own teenage son while he was lying in bed, Mesa police say

For reasons that are still under investigation, police said a man shot his 19-year-old son.

MESA, Ariz. — A domestic violence shooting in Mesa is under investigation after police say a man killed his own teenage son.

The shooting happened in a neighborhood near Val Vista Drive and Baseline Road around 12:30 p.m.

Police said 61-year-old Jeffrey Williams called 911 saying he had hurt his 19-year-old son, Adam Williams, badly and shot him. Officials said Jeffrey Williams turned himself into police when they arrived.

"He admitted to shooting his son," said Detective Brandi George, public information officer with Mesa Police.

Police said that Jeffrey Williams shot his son multiple times in the head while he was in the bed. 

The son's mother was inside the house and told officers she was in her room and heard several loud pops. When she walked out, police said Jeffrey Williams told her he shot Adam Williams to save her. She told police she didn't know why Jeffrey Williams shot her son, their only child.

Jeffrey Williams told police that he and his wife had issues with Adam Williams not wanting to take his medications. Officials said about 10 minutes before the shooting, Jeffrey Williams said he heard Adam Williams crying in his room. 

Jeffrey Williams said his son became aggressive so he grabbed a gun from under the couch. Police said Jeffrey Williams couldn't recall if his son's eyes were open while lying in bed before shooting.

Earlier this month, on Dec. 11, Mesa police said they were dispatched to the same home in response to a behavior health call involving the son. Police were cleared from the scene and a crisis response organization took over.

The son was pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday. Williams has been booked for first-degree murder.

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