Mother shoots, kills son during bedroom assault, police say

21-year-old Justin Barger. Source: Facebook
21-year-old Justin Barger. Source: Facebook

LONG VIEW, NC (WBTV) - A mother had to shoot and kill her own son in what investigators are calling self defense early Friday morning.

Long View police responded to 1st Avenue Place in Long View around 1 a.m. in reference to a shots fired call.

When officers arrived they found 21-year-old Justin Barger shot dead in floor.

"He was trying to kill you?" the 911 dispatcher asked.

"Yes mam," the mother replied. "I'm his mother."

Barger's parents told investigators they had poured out all the alcohol in the house after Barger became drunk.

When his parents went to bed, Barger went into their bedroom and started assaulting them by pulling them out of bed and beating them on the ground.

His mom reached for a pistol when Barger started beating his father and she ordered him to stop, according to police.

When he came at her, she fired, shooting him directly in the chest.

"He was hitting me and pushing me around. He was drunk," the mother told dispatchers. "He done threw my husband down on the floor."

No charges have been filed in the case and the investigation is ongoing.

It will be up to the district attorney to determine whether any charges will be filed.

Police believe Barger had a mental condition. Other family also told police that Barger had a history of threatening people.

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