Arizona Mom Allegedly Shoots 13-Year-Old Son By Accident While Trying To Break Up A Fight

Tonya Moore allegedly grabbed her gun to break up a neighbor's fight with an "unwanted guest."

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
Tonya Monroe Pd

A mother in Arizona is facing multiple charges after accidentally shooting her teenage son while attempting to break up a fight between two adults.

Tonya Monroe, a Phoenix resident, was arrested on Saturday after an altercation broke out when a man, Michael Wilson, confronted what police called an unwanted guest outside of his apartment, KPNX reports.

Wilson and the unidentified second party began physically fighting while Monroe’s 13-year-old son was also outside, at which point police say Monroe grabbed a gun from inside her home and tried to break up the fight; she ended up allegedly accidentally discharging the weapon and shooting her son, sending him to the hospital, according to the outlet.

While his injuries were described as serious, doctors have since confirmed that his condition has stabilized.

Police decided to take both Monroe and Wilson into custody after completing questioning and recovering evidence in their homes that gave them probable cause to do so, according to KPNX.

Monroe, 41, was taken into custody and booked at the Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct involving a weapon, and being a prohibited possessor, Arizona Republic reports.

Wilson, meanwhile, was also arrested, but on drugs and weapons charges after authorities found marijuana in his home, the Associated Press reports.

What led to the initial altercation between Wilson and the unnamed second person is unclear, as the other party refused to cooperate with authorities and provide any information regarding what led to the disagreement, according to KPNX.

Authorities are currently investigating.

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