A man in Daytona Beach, Florida, shot his daughter’s boyfriend after he allegedly attacked her and his wife, police reported over the weekend.
The father and mother, who have not been identified, reportedly went to check on the situation when they heard their daughter screaming outside. When they looked outside they saw her boyfriend, 26-year-old Vincent Moore, beating her, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office announced in a Saturday morning news release.
“The daughter was bleeding from her mouth and face,” deputies said, adding that “the parents said they tried to break up the fight to no avail.”
At that point, the father allegedly fired a warning shot into the ground while his wife attempted to get Moore to stop the attack and leave. When Moore refused to listen and instead started attacking his girlfriend’s mother, the father fired off another shot, this time striking Moore.
Moore was then reportedly transported to Halifax Health Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.
Deputies confirmed that Moore’s girlfriend had several visible injuries to her face and mouth consistent with having been beaten.
The incident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed as of yet. However, deputies reported that “the information and evidence gathered at this point indicate the father shot Moore to protect himself and his family from serious harm.”