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Police say Arizona woman, 92, killed 72-year-old son

Anna Blessing 92 was charged with first-degree murder after police say she fatally shot her son for planning to move her into a nursing home Police say Arizona woman, 92, killed 72-year-old son
Melinda Barton | 04 July, 2018, 18:18

Arizona police said Anna Mae Blessing was arrested on suspicion of murdering the 72-year-old man, and was being held in lieu of $500,000 (AU$677,000) bail, court officials said.

A 92-year-old woman is charged with murder after deputies say she fatally shot her own son because she thought he wanted to move her to an assisted living facility.

"As officers led Blessing out of the home, she spontaneously said, 'You took my life, so I'm taking yours, '" the court document said.

Blessing then pointed the gun at her son's girlfriend, who struggled with her until she lost her grip of the gun. She then confronted her son in the master bedroom of the home they shared, along with the son's girlfriend, in Fountain Hills, Ariz.

Police found Blessing in a reclining chair in her bedroom. She was arrested without incident.

Blessing told authorities her son meant to place her in an assisted living facility and she had been thinking about his intentions for several days.

Blessing had been living with her son and his girlfriend for about six months, according to court records.

The son's name was not immediately released. She shot multiple times, killing him. One had been given to the suspect by her husband before he died, and she had allegedly bought the other pistol herself. Her son was wounded and died at the scene, according to police. "They are often isolated and neither predictable nor preventable".

She stashed two guns in her pockets for the fateful confrontation. The case resumes on July 13.

Asked what she thinks should happen to her and she told detectives she should be "put to sleep".

Mrs Blessing's son, whose name has not been released, wanted her to leave for an assisted living facility because she "had become hard to live with".