The father said during the attack he was able to retrieve a handgun and fired a single shot at his son, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man responsible for the attack of a state trooper on an Arizona highway last week was in the U.S. illegally at the time of the assault, Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said Monday.
Authorities say the patron was kicked out of the club after starting a fight, then assaulted the club owner when he tried to return a little later.
The victim’s son said his father is upset over the fact he took another man’s life, but felt he had no choice when the robber put a gun to his head.
The entire incident lasted less than a minute, left one suspect dead and the other desperately running for his life after the business owner opened fire.
The prosecutor noted that a significant age difference, as seen in this case, can contribute to the perceived threat of danger.
“I tried to kill him,” Roberson said after the incident. “Anybody break in on me, I’m going to kill them. He’s going to kill me or I’m going to kill him.”
Kay Dickinson said at first she thought he was going to kill her, but when he took her to the bedroom and bound her, she feared rape was the motive.
As soon as the suspect set down his gun, the clerk grabbed his own gun and shot the suspect, who ran off but collapsed nearby.
The unidentified homeowner, who is cooperating with authorities, said he fired only after an altercation turned physical and he felt he had no options.