Fremont man fatally shot by son attacked children with nail-covered bat

Story by colleagues Natalie Alund and Erin Ivie:

FREMONT — Officials have identified 48-year-old David Weatherton as the man fatally shot by his son last week in what police are calling an act of self-defense, saying the man attacked two of his children with a baseball bat covered in nails.

Police are calling Weatherton’s death a justifiable homicide, saying that the son shot the father Jan. 10 to protect himself and his brother — as the older man attacked them with the bat.

A preliminary investigation by police and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office revealed that Weatherton’s 27-year-old son, who lived in the home in the 39500 block of Pardee Court, shot him one time in the chest with a handgun, killing him in self-defense during the dispute, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

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Chris DeBenedetti