GASTONIA, N.C. -- A Gastonia father will not face charges after police say he killed his son in self-defense.
Police were called Monday night to a home on Modena Street after 70-year-old Dwight Patterson shot and killed his 47-year-old son Steven Patterson during a confrontation.
Police spokeswoman Donna Lahser said detectives have ruled this shooting an act of self-defense.
"These type things are very tragic, and it's hard on everybody in the family," Lahser said.
Neighbors and police confirm a history of domestic issues at the house.
Almost 10 years to the day of this shooting, police said both Pattersons got into an argument and began assaulting each other.
When police arrived, then men had cuts and scratches.
They were arrested, but they weren't charged after they refused to testify against each other.
The state of North Carolina says a person can use deadly force against another only in a place they're lawfully allowed to be, and if they believe they're at risk of being killed or seriously injured.
Even though this has been ruled self-defense, detectives said they're still investigating the case.
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