Father fatally shoots son during violent fight between sons

 Father fatally shoots son during violent fight between sons

Stuart, Fl -A father fatally shoots his son during a violent fight between his sons.

Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to a home on Bromelia Terrace early Sunday morning, located in the Florida Club near Stuart.

They responded to call  at 5:47 am on Sunday, Dec 16. The call was from a woman saying her son was out of control and needed to be Baker Acted. Then she called back to say her husband shot her son during a violent altercation with him and her young son.

The altercation involved two brothers- James Maloney and Joseph Maloney. The parents John and Marie Maloney were present. According to the witnesses  John Maloney had been acting irrational for about 8 hours. The brothers were also consuming alcohol throughout the evening. Then a physical alteration began over a game of pool and then it became violent.

The father said he intervened verbally but was unable to get John off of James. At one point,James pleaded with John to stop choking him because he could not breath. John continued to strangle James while holding a butterfly knife in his other hand. At this point James was beginning to  to loose consciousness.  The father shot his son John multiple times.

Sheriff William Snyder added that this wasn’t the only incident to occur at the home that night.

The sheriff’s office says that no arrests have been made, and it looks like the shooting was justified.

The father believed that the use of force was to prevent further injury to his young son.




Maloney was set to appear in court next month in a fatal DUI crash from May 2015

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