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‘Yes sir, he is dead:’ Man accused of fatally shooting his father in domestic dispute in Tavares

Matthew Perez taken into custody

TAVARES, Fla. – A man shot his father in the chest, killing him, during a domestic dispute late Tuesday afternoon, according to the Tavares Police Department.

Police said Matthew Perez called 911 around 5:40 p.m. to report that he shot his father at a home on the 4800 block of Marsh Harbor Drive.

When officers arrived, they said Matthew Perez came to the door while still on the phone and told them he put the gun away in a bedroom.

Matthew Perez was handcuffed while officers went to check on his father, Joaquin Perez, who was near the back porch but Joaquin Perez was already dead by that time, according to the report.

Records show Matthew Perez replied “Yes sir. He is dead,” when an officer asked if he shot his father, then he began to cry and hang his head.

The report did not indicate what led to the shooting.

Matthew Perez was taken into police custody, according to investigators.

Charges are pending.


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