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Indianapolis man who fatally shot son during argument receives probation

Mug shot of Fred Fleener III

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis man who fatally shot his son in 2015 was sentenced to probation.

Police say Fred Fleener III, 46, got into an argument with his son Fred Fleener IV, 22, on November 14, 2015 inside their home over biscuits and gravy.

During the argument, police say Fleener III shot his son in the chest. Fleener IV was transported to Eskenazi Hospital, and he died while undergoing surgery. His family told police they believe the shooting was in self-defense because Fleener IV suffered from mental illnesses and was often violent and abusive.

Fleener III was arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter and reckless homicide. He later accepted a plea deal, and the voluntary manslaughter charge was dropped. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to two years of probation for reckless homicide.

Video from original story in November 2015