DEPUTIES: Mother shoots son in domestic dispute

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - An investigation is underway after deputies say a mother shot her son in an apparent domestic dispute.

Carteret County deputies say 64-year-old Patrice Rippy shot her 36-year-old son Brian Rippy around 9:45 Sunday night.

Investigators say Brian Rippy returned to a home on Country Club Lane off Highway 101 in Newport after a domestic dispute earlier in the day.

He allegedly threw a trash can and charged toward his mother.

Patrice Rippy told authorities she feared for her life when she fired six shots at her son, hitting him in the head and stomach.

He was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center and is said to be in serious condition.

Detectives say the family is cooperating with the investigation and any criminal charges will be determined by the District Attorney's office.