Anti-Wimp: Son shoots abusive father, retired cop, to protect mom

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KTRK reports: A retired sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed, allegedly by his own son. It happened just before 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Brian Merritt retired last year from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office after a career spanning three decades, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

Neighbors say there have been several run-ins involving that retired deputy, and some are not surprised by the violence.

Detectives placed the son, Michael Merritt, in custody shortly after arriving at the scene. He and his mother were interviewed by investigators for several hours, and then returned to their home.

Officials say they are investigating allegations of domestic violence happening at the hands of the victim toward family members.

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Michael told Eyewitness News that his dad was violent, and that he shot his father to save his mom and himself.

“It was the only way to guarantee my mom and I’s safety,” Michael told Eyewitness News. “I had no way of knowing what he was capable of or what he was armed with. He could have done some very terrible things to us.”

For several years, Michael says there was problems at the home he shared with his parents.

“My dad was an alcoholic,” said Michael. “The breaking point was when I left my room to find my mom covering her face and sobbing because my dad had punched her in the face. The breaking point was when he was going to do the same thing to me, if not worse.”

Son who allegedly shot father to death said he did it to protect his mom…

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