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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A man being questioned in connection to his father’s death in Winston-Salem will not be charged, because police said he acted in self-defense.

Police said they were called to 2912 Woodleigh St. around 2 p.m. Monday to find 48-year-old Virgil Glenn Gilbert dead in the front yard.

The property was home to Gilbert’s estranged girlfriend and the couple’s handicapped son. Investigators said Gilbert’s death was a result of a domestic assault with a blunt object.

Neighbors and witnesses at a store across the street said they saw Gilbert’s son beating him with a pipe while trying to defend his mother from abuse.

“We had heard that they had been fighting for a couple of days,” said Austin Gilbert, the victim’s son from another relationship. “They had been out in the yard and got into an argument and it escalated from that.”

Family members said his death comes after years of drinking and abusive behavior toward his girlfriend and their son who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Winston-Salem police are not releasing the name of the person in question because he is not being charged with a crime. Police said the person was cooperative during the investigation.

“(T)he individual directly involved in Mr. Gilbert’s death acted in self-defense and defense of another when he or she struck Mr. Gilbert,” according to a Winston-Salem police press release.

The incident is Winston-Salem’s fourteenth homicide this year, according to police.