A 14-year-old boy was taken into custody on Saturday in Riverview, Florida, after he reportedly shot and murdered his mother and badly wounded her boyfriend.
Sheriff Chad Chronister stated at a news conference that the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office had received many 911 calls just after 4 p.m. on Saturday regarding an incident in the Summerfield neighborhood.
What I see behind me is the stuff of nightmares,” Chronister stated. And that’s just so tragic it hurts to think about it.
Sheriff’s deputies came to find a 14-year-old boy who had pointed a pistol at his own head many times in an apparent suicide threat. After 16 minutes of trying to talk him out of handling the pistol, police finally shot him with a non-lethal missile. He was then taken into custody.
Chronister claims that following that, officers were called to the residence of a guy who had been wounded five times and was bleeding profusely from his lower belly, wrists, and face. It turned out that he was the suspect’s mom’s boyfriend all along.
The man was sent to Tampa General Hospital in severe condition.
A woman’s body was discovered in the driveway of a home just a few blocks away. The suspect’s mother was found deceased at the site.
Chronister states that the boy’s elder sibling was interviewed by law enforcement at the scene where the woman’s body was found. According to the witness, the sibling heard his mother and her lover arguing just before he heard several gunshots. He saw the perpetrator shoot his mother as he emerged from his room.
After pointing the gun at his sister, the suspect’s elder brother fled the scene.
The fate of this family has been irrevocably altered. Chronister lamented, “They lost a mother. This is very tragic. The age of our suspect is merely 14. The little boy’s 14 years had been wasted. He will spend the rest of his life locked up.
The suspect’s older brother escaped the event unscathed. According to Chronister, the suspect has never been convicted of a crime.
The sheriff’s office is attempting to acquire a search warrant.