BELL GARDENS (AP) — The son of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo says his mother shot his father in self-defense.

In a 911 call released Tuesday, Daniel Crespo Jr. tells a police dispatcher that his father had hurt him and was lying on the floor dying.

He says it wasn’t his mother’s fault, adding, “She was defending herself.”

Screaming, crying and sobs can be heard on the recording.

Authorities say the mayor punched his 19-year-old son in the face before he was shot several times by his wife, Lyvette Crespo, during an argument Sept. 30. The 45-year-old mayor was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Authorities questioned the wife but haven’t made an arrest.

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