A Florida father, faced with a devastating choice, shot and killed his older son in order to save his younger child after the brothers got into a violent fight over a game of pool Sunday, police said.
Police received a 911 call at 5:47 a.m. from a woman, identified as Marie Maloney, who said her son, Joseph Maloney, 30, was acting irrational at their Stuart home in The Florida Club, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said in a news conference.
“It was an extremely violent scene,” Snyder said.
Before deputies arrived at the home, however, Marie called 911 again. This time, she said her husband, John Maloney, shot Joseph after the 30-year-old got into a violent altercation with his 26-year-old brother, James Maloney.
The couple later told police their sons had been drinking when an argument over a billiards game escalated.