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Father says mental issues triggered gun fight with son

Mark Flores Jr. shot his father, then shot Bexar deputy

SAN ANTONIO – Mark Flores is mourning the loss of his son, Mark Flores Jr., after he was shot and killed by two Bexar County sheriff's deputies. 

The shooting took place Thursday night in the 6800 block of Honeyridge Lane.

Deputies responded to the scene where Flores had been shot by Flores Jr. Two deputies were clearing the home when Flores Jr. fired at them. They returned fire, killing Flores Jr.

With a bullet still lodged in his cheek, Flores vividly remembers how his oldest son put it there.

"I just went upstairs and said, ‘Mijo, are you hungry?' and he just looks at me, and I saw the gun aimed and I got shot," said Flores.

Flores described his son as depressed and having schizophrenia.

Flores had no idea his son had a gun or just how much he was suffering inside.

"He never got treated, he didn't want it. He was 28 years old. We tried to get him to get seen but he just wouldn't," said Flores.

Family members said Flores Jr. graduated Summa Cum Laude from Roosevelt High School and went on to study pharmacy at the University of the Incarnate Word for three years. Unfortunately, they say, he never finished school because of his mental issues.

Emotional and still in shock, Flores harbors no ill feelings toward the deputies who returned fire, killing his son.

"They were doing their job. I don't blame them for anything. I feel bad for everything that happened," said Flores.

One of the deputies was shot in the arm when Flores Jr. opened fire. He is expected to be OK.

The names of the two deputies have not been released. Both have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.