FREMONT -- A 48-year-old man fatally shot last week inside his Fremont home was killed by his son in self-defense and police are calling the death a justifiable homicide, authorities said Tuesday. A preliminary investigation by police and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office revealed that the man's 27-year-old son, who also lived in the home, shot him one time in the chest with a handgun, killing him in self-defense during a dispute, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.

The 48-year-old's identity has not been released by the county coroner or the police.

"At this time (the son) is not being charged," Bosques said. "It was a family dispute between the father and two sons and other family members were present."

She did not say what the fight was over.

Police are not releasing the identity of the son, who turned himself in following the 5:25 p.m. Thursday shooting in the 39500 block of Pardee Court.

Bosques said that this was not the first time officers have responded to the family's home.

"We have had contact with the (father and son) in the past, including drug-related incidents," she said. "We do not know if drugs are a factor at this time. But the case is not closed as we are awaiting results of toxicology tests and an autopsy report."

On the night of the fatal shooting, officers arriving on the scene found the older man dead of a gunshot wound. The son had already left the home by the time police arrived.


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About two hours later, at 7:20 p.m., the son walked into Fremont police headquarters, identified himself and surrendered the weapon he told police was used in the shooting, police said.

Investigators interviewed him and released him Thursday night, according to Det. Bill Veteran.

Anyone with information about this incident can call police at 510-790-6800 or at the anonymous tip line at 510-494-4856.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.