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Judge: Suspect denied bond after accused of shooting father in head, killing him in Greenville Co.

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Scene of Greenville Co. shooting (FOX Carolina/ 7/8/17) Scene of Greenville Co. shooting (FOX Carolina/ 7/8/17)
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Scene of shooting on Bay Point Way. (FOX Carolina 7/8/17) Scene of shooting on Bay Point Way. (FOX Carolina 7/8/17)
Austin Mendez in bond court. (FOX Carolina 7/8/17) Austin Mendez in bond court. (FOX Carolina 7/8/17)
Austin Cole Mendez. (Source: GCDC) Austin Cole Mendez. (Source: GCDC)
TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said a suspect is in custody after a fatal shooting in Greenville County Friday night.

Officials with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said they got a call about a gunshot victim on Bay Point Way in Taylors around 11:39 p.m.

Upon arrival, deputies located a victim, dead from at least one gunshot wound.

The victim was later identified by the coroner as 50-year-old Richard Mendez of Taylors. His cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner said.

The incident was ruled a homicide.

Deputies said Austin Cole Mendez was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection to the incident. He is currently behind bars at the Greenville County Detention Center.

The coroner said the gunfire started as a domestic altercation. At a bond hearing on Saturday, officials confirmed Austin Mendez is the son of the victim.

Mendez's mother was at the bond court hearing and made an emotional plea to the judge, saying her husband Richard Mendez had been abusing her and that her son saved her.

"My husband was beating me, and very violent. And my son stepped in to save me," said Mendez's mother. "This has gone on for many years of abuse. And I just ask that you have some mercy for my son. I cannot lose him."

Investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit are on scene at this time interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence.

There is no threat to the community at this time, per deputies. More details will be released following a thorough investigation.

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