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.

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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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