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Family Blowup Leaves Joliet Man and Son Dead, Second Son Seriously Hurt

Police believe an argument escalated to the point where one son shot his father and brother, prompting the brother to return fire.

A family fight erupted into violence Saturday night, leaving a man and his father dead of gunshot wounds and a second brother seriously wounded.

Joliet police were called to an apartment at 122 E. Cass St. shortly before 10 p.m. and found Roberto Gutierrez, 46, of Joliet, and his 22- and 23-year-old sons with injuries from gunfire, Cmdr. Brian Benton said Sunday.

Roberto Gutierrez died at 10:20 p.m. at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet and Fernando Gutierrez, 23, of Addison, at 10:12 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

The 22-year-old son, whose identity wasn't released, underwent surgery at Provena for two gunshot wounds to the abdomen and one to the leg, Benton said. He is expected to survive.

What police have been able to piece together is the three men had been fighting throughout the evening, and Fernando Gutierrez eventually pulled out a handgun and shot his father and brother, Benton said. Despite his injuries, the younger brother was able to retrieve a gun from another room and returned fire on his brother, he said.

It's not clear what the fight was about, but the family has been known to have loud arguments, Benton said.

Fernando Gutierrez, who has a criminal history under his own name and possibly an alias, was described as "acting erratically" before the shooting, Benton said. Toxicology tests are being conducted.

One weapon was found outside the residence, and the other recovered after police obtained a search warrant to go into the home, Benton said.

No charges have been filed against the surviving brother because it appears he shot his brother in self-defense, but the final decision will be made by the Will County State's Attorney's Office. 

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Despiser of Obama December 11, 2012 at 01:43 AM
A convicted felon loses the right to no longer bear arms, unless their record is expunged.
T-Bone December 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM
I understand that...But if you have done your time and are now a productive citizen you still can not defend yourself? What if someone breaks into your home or pulls a gun? You just have to take what you get which may include death? Does that seem right? This article made me think about that a little...
anthony lucas December 12, 2012 at 06:03 PM
If they ban guns only the honest law abiding person would be without the criminals would still have them ,,,People that think any different are not too bright !
anthony lucas December 12, 2012 at 06:04 PM
A convicted felon does not follow the laws or they would not be a convicted felon in the first place !
SonofJohn December 14, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Anthony you are correct, people need to look at countries that have banned firearms. Homicides and crime increased after the ban. Facts are facts. Liberals like to deal in fantasy and their agenda's.

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