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Father fatally shoots son during fight in DeBary, deputies say

Detectives interviewing father

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A father fatally shot his son during a fight at the family's home in DeBary, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said officers responded to a home on Hollow Pine Drive around 3 p.m. for a civil dispute that began when Cory Johnson was released from jail on drug charges and was upset that his family didn't help get him out.

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The Sheriff's Office said Joseph Johnson, 62, didn't want his son driving a vehicle that was jointly owned by Cory Johnson and his mother.

Deputies said they provided legal advice about the situation.

"We are reviewing body camera footage to find out, you know. From what little I can tell you, is that dad and mom were adamant they didn't want him to have the car," Chitwood said.

[LISTEN BELOW: Father’s call to 911]

Around 4 p.m., a dispatcher got a call from Joseph Johnson saying he shot his 32-year-old son during a physical fight, Chitwood said. Cory Johnson died at the home.

Joseph Johnson stayed at the scene and is being questioned by detectives. No arrests have been made.

"It tears at your heart a little bit because you know that something bad happened," neighbor Mike McCurdy said.

This is a developing story. We will post more updates as more information becomes available.


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