92-year-old Arizona woman, Anna Mae Blessing, was arrested on Monday in her Phoenix home, after being suspected of fatally shooting her 72-year-old son.
The incident occurred after Blessing learned of her son’s intention to move her out of their shared home and into an assisted living facility. Her son is reported to have found living with his mother difficult, though it’s presently unclear why he may have felt that way.
Blessing is facing charges of first degree murder.
Her bail is set at $500,000USD, court officials have said.
According to a written statement from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Blessing explained to detectives that she had hidden two handguns in the pockets of her dressing robe before confronting her son and his 57-year-old girlfriend in their bedroom. She shot at her son, hitting him twice then saying, “You took my life, so I’m taking yours,” before turning her attention to his girlfriend.
Blessing’s son’s girlfriend was able to wrestle the weapons away from Blessing, one at a time, before escaping the house to call the authorities.
Blessing was found by arresting officers, calmly sitting in a reclining chair in her bedroom. However, while being taken into custody, it was reported that she said she ought to be “put to sleep” for her actions and let officers know she had planned to kill herself after the incident.
Police said they had visited the residence before, following a verbal altercation between Ms Blessing and her son.