Son shoots, kills father in Greenville Co., deputies say

Austin Cole Mendez
Austin Cole Mendez (From: Greenville Co. Detention Center)

TAYLORS, SC (WSPA) – One person is dead and his son is in custody after a shooting just before midnight on Friday near Taylors.

Greenville County deputies were called to the scene around 11:40pm on Bay Point Way.

When deputies arrived, they found a man dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

That victim has now been identified as 50-year-old Richard Mendez.  The coroner says he lived in the home where the shooting took place.

The Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Austin Cole Mendez has been charged with Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime.

Deputies say they believe the shooting is the result of an altercation.

Mendez is being held at the Greenville County Detention Center without bond.

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