Woman Who Shot Grandson Likely Won't Face Charges

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Authorities say the Tampa woman who shot her 7-year-old grandson after mistaking him for an intruder probably won

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News Release: Associated Press
August 22, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say the Tampa woman who shot her 7-year-old grandson after mistaking him for an intruder probably won't face charges.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials told the Tampa Bay Times the Tuesday shooting has been labeled an accident. But an investigation is ongoing.

Linda Maddox told deputies she was on high alert because her son was working late and she was alone with her twin grandsons.

Officials say the 63-year-old woman placed a chair against the bedroom door where she was sleeping with her grandsons. Around 1 a.m., she heard the chair scraping against the floor, grabbed a pistol and fired once, striking Tyler Maddox in the upper body. He was in critical but stable condition at a hospital.

The Department of Children and Families say the children remain in the custody of their father.


News Release: Associated Press
August 19, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies in Florida say a 7-year-old boy is in critical condition after his grandmother mistook him for an intruder and shot him.

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday in Tampa.

According to Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials, 63-year-old Linda Maddox and her twin grandsons were sleeping after their father had left for work. Maddox told deputies she had placed a chair against the bedroom door handle for extra protection. When she heard the chair sliding against the floor, she assumed it was an intruder and grabbed a loaded .22-caliber revolver she keeps by the bed and fired one shot in the dark toward the door.

Deputies say seconds later she heard the screams of her grandson Tyler Maddox. He was shot once in the upper body. He was taken to a hospital.


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