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Mom Allegedly Fired At Son In Drive-By Shooting To Get Her Cell Phone, Didn't Know It Was At Home

Priscilla Ann Ethridge's phone was at the home the whole time, plugged into a wall and charging. 

By Gina Tron

A Florida mom tried to attack her adult son in a drive-by shooting in an attempt to get her cell phone back.

It turned out to be sitting at home the whole time, charging.

Priscilla Ann Ethridge, 66, allegedly shot at her 46-year-old son, who lives with her, with a .22 caliber handgun Saturday night, according to The Gainesville Sun. Her son was riding a bicycle at the time.

It all started earlier in the day during an argument at the family’s home. At some point, Ethridge's son fled on his bike. Her nephew, who was present during the fight, later told Bay County Sheriff’s Office deputies that Ethridge grabbed her gun and said, “I’ll be damned if I let him have the last word.” Then, she hopped in her car and tried to track down her son, who she believed took her cell phone, WJHG in Panama City reported.

When she caught up with her son, Ethridge allegedly shouted at him to give her back the phone. A shot rang out from her gun, but the mother and son have told different stories about why.

Ethridge claimed she fired a shot to scare her son into letting go of her car door after he grabbed it.

But the son said he was riding his bike to flee his mom when she rode up next to him and threatened to shoot him. Then, he said, she fired a shot and the bullet came “very close” to hitting him, according to a police report. He wasn't hit or injured.

Meanwhile, the phone was plugged into a wall at home and charging, WJHG reported. Ethridge’s son never even had it with him.

The mother has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. She’s being held on $2,500 bail.

[Photo: Bay County Sheriff's Office]

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