Elderly mother kills son after he threatened to put her in a nursing home

In what police have described as a “bizarre turn of events,” a 92-year-old woman has killed her son and attempted to shoot his girlfriend because the pair allegedly wanted to put her into a nursing home.

The fatal shooting happened at a home in the Arizona town of Fountain Hills, around 10am on Monday July 2.

According to Maricopa County Sheriff’s office, Anna Mae Blessing was upset and had been contemplating for several days her son’s intentions to place her in an assisted living facility.


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“Blessing retrieved two pistols and concealed them in the pockets of her robe then confronted her son in his bedroom,” police said in a statement.

The elderly woman told detectives that she then removed the handgun from her gown and fired multiple rounds striking and killing her 72-year-old son.

“She then pointed the gun at her son’s girlfriend and the two struggled over the weapon when it was dislodged from her hand,” detectives said.

“Blessing retrieved the second handgun and attempted to point it at the girlfriend, who knocked it from Blessing’s possession.”

The girlfriend was then able to phone emergency crews, who rushed to the scene.

“It is always concerning when domestic issues escalate to violence or tragic outcomes,” Sheriff Penzone told reporters.

“They are often isolated and neither predictable nor preventable.”

Ms Blessing has been charged with one count of murder in the 1st degree, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of kidnapping following the shooting.

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