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David Carrender, 49, was arrested at about 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday on a preliminary murder charge after his 19-year-old son, Wyatt Carrender, was shot to death in the family's home about 20 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
Morgan County Sheriff Robert Downey said the Carrenders had been watching football games at a restaurant and bar when they started fighting over whether to return home.
The son wanted to go home. The father did not. The argument continued after the pair returned home, Downey said.
"It appears the father retrieved a handgun and shot his son, it appears, six times," the sheriff said.
David Carrender, who does not have an arrest record in Morgan County, is thought to have been drinking, the sheriff said. The father's and son's girlfriends also were with the Carrenders when the shooting occurred.
"I heard a series of four, five gunshots real quick," Tony White, who lives across the street, told WISH-TV, Indianapolis. "I heard what I assumed was the young boy's girlfriend scream. She was asking him (the father) why he had done it. She was just in terrible shape."
Wyatt Carrender's girlfriend told officers that the elder Carrender had consumed 10 beers and several whiskey shots, according to the Indiana Daily Student. Her boyfriend was the designated driver.
Once the four were home, the fight escalated, according to the police report. The pair fought in the stairway, and Wyatt Carrender head-butted his father, sending him crashing down the stairs. That's when David Carrender retrieved his gun.
Wyatt Carrender was thought to have been living with his father, Downey said. But the teen's driver's license lists an address about 30 miles away in Bloomington, Ind., a Morgan County dispatcher said.
David Carrender is expected to be formally charged with murder but had not been as of Tuesday afternoon. No court date has been set, according to a deputy in the booking department. Carrender is being held in the Morgan County Jail without bond.
An autopsy on Wyatt Carrender also was expected to be performed Tuesday.
Contributing: Linda Dono, USA TODAY