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Woman, 92, refuses assisted living facility, shoots and kills son

05 July, 2018, 05:49 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office  KPHO-TV

A 92-year-old Arizona woman used two handguns to attack her 72-year-old son and his girlfriend after she learned he wanted to place her in an assisted living facility, Maricopa County police say.

The son's girlfriend then called the sheriff's office.

She stashed two guns in her pockets for the fateful confrontation.

"She still has a gun", the 911 operator was recorded telling dispatch.

Police said they had visited the residence before, following a verbal altercation between Ms Blessing and her son.

When authorities later questioned the suspects, Blessing said her son wanted to her to leave their shared apartment because she "had become hard to live with".

The incident took place in Fountain Hills, where Blessing was living with her son and his partner.

Blessing also told police that she had also meant to kill herself, according to court document.

At her arraignment on Tuesday, Blessing was ordered held in lieu of a $500,000 bond, KNXV reported.

Mrs. Blessing wanted to commit a murder-suicide and had reportedly become hard to live with.

Anna Mae Blessing told cops she had been stewing over her son's decision to kick her out for days and "believed he ruined" her life. Blessing apparently though the proposition over and then decided that she would take matters into her own hands. The girlfriend managed to knock the second gun out of the elderly woman's hands before calling the police.

'It is always concerning when domestic issues escalate to violence or tragic outcomes, ' Penzone told KSAZ-TV. "They are often isolated and neither predictable nor preventable".

She is scheduled to appear in court again on July 10 at the Regional Court Center Downtown in Phoenix.

Anna Blessing has been charged with first-degree murder.

Ms Blessing later told them she deserved to be "put to sleep" for her actions.



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