“Bizarre”: Arizona woman, 92, shoots 72-year-old son to death, police say

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz.(CBS): — A 92-year-old woman shot and killed her 72-year-old son because he wanted to put her in an assisted living facility, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

In what MCSO described as a “bizarre turn of events,” Anna Mae Blessing is facing one charge each of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping, reports CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV.

Deputies were called out to Fountain Hills about 10 a.m. Monday.

Blessing was had been living with her son, Thomas Blessing, and his girlfriend in the girlfriend’s condo. They moved her in about six months ago from out of state.

“According to statements provided by suspect Blessing and received by the detectives, she had been contemplating for several days her son’s intentions to place her in an assisted living facility,” explained a news release from MCSO. “Blessing retrieved two pistols and concealed them in the pockets of her robe, then confronted her son in his bedroom.”

MCSO said she shot her son twice before turning the gun on his 57-year-old girlfriend.

While struggling with that woman, whose name has not been released, Blessing lost her grip on the gun. But she still had the second one.

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

The girlfriend called 911. When deputies arrived, they ordered Blessing to come outside but were met with silence. They found her sitting in her reclining chair, her son deceased in a bedroom.

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