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Retired Florida Officer Admits to Killing Son

APOPKA, Fla. --

A 21-year-old man is dead after an argument with his father, a retired Orlando Police Department officer.

Police said Tim Davis, Sr., 47, shot and killed his son, Tim Davis, Jr., after an argument at a home on King's Eagle Lane in the Pines of Wekiva subdivision Saturday evening.

Apopka police spokesman Capt. Jerome Miller said Davis Sr. faces first-degree murder charges.

Davis Sr. told police investigators, "I did not mean to kill him. I have nothing to hide. I was not trying to kill him. I just lost it."

According to an arrest affidavit, Davis, Sr., said his son punched and pushed him, bloodying his mouth. Police said he told them that he went to his car, got the gun and shot his son twice.

"I was in a funk," Davis Sr. said, according to the document. "I went and got my gun and I shot him."

Police said the men were arguing about the custody of Davis Jr.'s child.

Davis Sr.'s 9-year-old daughter said she saw her grandfather get the weapon and was there when her brother was shot.

Davis Jr. was a former standout football player at Apopka High School and played for the University of Alabama-Birmingham in college.

Neighbors said the shooting was out-of-character for the family they know.

"It hit me out of left field," one woman said. "I would've never expected this to happen."

"From what I see, he's always out here with the kids," another neighbor said. "Everybody has problems. I can't see going that far."

Davis Sr. owned and operated two day-care centers.

They said family members are well-known in the Apopka area for community service and involvement in football.

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