Father Kills Son in Christmas Argument, Dies Days Later of Cardiac Arrest

A father who shot and killed his son in an argument on Christmas has died just days later of a cardiac arrest.

David Buck, 67, shot his son Chad, 43, with a handgun on Christmas Day after an argument escalated into violence in Waterloo, Iowa.

Officers arrived at the 1300 block of East Airline Highway after receiving reports of shots being fired, according to a statement from Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputies, according to KWLL.

Deputies determined that two adults had been arguing when the altercation occurred, leaving one man injured from a gunshot wound.

The 67-year-old told police his son had become violent and threatened to kill him, causing him to fear for his life.

It was then when David Buck fired the fatal shot, which he and his wife claim was in self defense.

Chad Buck was taken by ambulance to Allen Hospital but died from his injuries. He reportedly lived at home with both his parents at the time.

Three days later on Monday December 28, police responded to the same address at 1347 East Airline Highway to find David Buck suffering from a cardiac arrest.

Although CPR was administered and efforts were made to save his life, the elderly man was said to be in a frail medical condition and later died in hospital.

Both cases are believed to have now been closed.

Newsweek has contacted the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office for comment.

In an eerily similar case which occurred on the same day in 2018, an 82-year-old Florida man fatally shot his son during an argument on Christmas day.

Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call in Plant City to reports of a shooting from inside a home.

The caller — who phoned in from inside the house — stated that Guy Richard Vickery, 82, had shot his son, Benjamin Vickery, 50, in the upper body area following an argument.

Benjamin Vickery was immediately transported to South Florida Baptist Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Guy Richard Vickery — who admitted he was responsible for the shot according to an arrest affidavit — was charged with manslaughter with a weapon firearm, a first-degree felony which carries up to 30 years in prison.

The arrest affidavit stated that Benjamin Vickery began arguing with his father and a witness at around 9.30 p.m. on Christmas night, before Guy Vickery grabbed a gun from upstairs. The witness, who has not been named, then heard a gun fired and subsequently saw Benjamin Vickery laying on the ground.

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File photo: Police tape hangs across the street in front of the house as a father who shot and killed his son in an argument on Christmas dies just days later of a cardiac arrest in Iowa. Larry W. Smith/Getty