A husband and wife were hospitalized after a violent altercation that caused their frightened son to call police.
San Diego police responded to Esmeraldas Drive in Tierrasanta around 12:30 a.m. Monday after a teenage resident called 911.
The teen told police he heard a gunshot and arguing in the home. He then climbed out of a side window to escape.
When police arrived, the teen’s 47-year-old father came outside the home holding an assault rifle officers told NBC 7 San Diego.
Despite attempts to talk him down, the man shot himself in the face police said.
Inside the home, officers found the man’s 50-year-old wife. They say it appears the man had attempted to strangle his wife.
Both parents were taken to a nearby hospital and were expected to survive their injuries.