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Family of Fla. teen that allegedly shot dad to protect mom had no history of domestic violence, records say

Police cars outside the mobile home where the fatal shooting took place.
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(CBS/AP) ANTIOCH, Fla. - The family of the Florida teen who allegedly shot his father to protect his mother, had no reported history of domestic violence, the Tampa Bay Times says. 

Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show no criminal past in the state for the father, mother or son, according to the paper.

Police say, Christopher Thorpe was allegedly choking his wife when his 17-year-old son, Channing Thorpe, rushed in and fatally shot him to death.

"I had never, ever seen three people that were so close," Evelyn Thorpe, Christopher Thorpe's mother, said to the Times. "All three of them did everything together. Everything. I just can't understand it."

A neighbor of the family, Bill Dunlap, 60, told the Tampa Bay Times that although he was unaware of any domestic violence issues at the home, Christopher Thorpe did have a temper.

"He was always ready for a confrontation," Dunlap is quoted as saying. "I didn't really like him."

The shooting took place around 10 p.m. Saturday after a small group of family and friends gathered around a bonfire outside the family's mobile home in the Antioch area of rural northeastern Hillsborough County, investigators said Sunday.

At some point, Christopher Thorpe, 36, and Jill Thorpe, 35, got into a physical argument inside the couple's mobile home. At 10:15p.m the couple's teenage son, Channing Thorpe, called police to report he had shot his dad.

Three others that were reportedly at the bonfire did not witness the shooting. No charges have been filed.

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