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Mother Accused of Killing Daughter’s Boyfriend Amid Domestic Dispute

In a heartbreaking turn of events, a 49-year-old woman, later identified as Patricia, has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of her daughter’s boyfriend, Joshua. Police officials have been investigating the incident, which occurred in the midst of a troubling domestic dispute.

According to Patricia’s daughter, tensions had been escalating in her relationship with Joshua since December 2021. The situation took a darker turn the day before the shooting when Patricia’s daughter reported that Joshua had struck her above the eye with a cell phone. Strikingly, no police report was filed at the time.

On the day of the tragic incident, Patricia’s daughter made a fateful call to her mother, expressing her decision to end her relationship with Joshua and her intention to move out of their shared residence. She requested Patricia’s assistance in packing her personal belongings.

Police officials have detailed that Joshua’s roommate was a witness to the harrowing events. He reported seeing Patricia enter the home with a gun in her hand. Shortly after, Joshua shouted, ‘Just shoot me!’ before multiple gunshots rang out. Patricia later informed authorities that she had gone to the house with the intention of holding Joshua at gunpoint until the police arrived, citing his previous attempts to flee during domestic disputes.

Patricia claimed that she resorted to using her firearm only after Joshua physically assaulted her, grabbing her arm and pulling her hair. However, evidence collected by the police contradicted her account, as outlined in the affidavit.

Furthermore, Patricia initially stated that her handgun had been concealed within her purse upon entering Joshua’s home. Subsequently, she allegedly confessed that she was already brandishing the weapon upon arrival, as reported in various accounts.

Patricia argued that her sole intention was to confine Joshua to the bathroom until law enforcement arrived, referencing prior domestic incidents. Nonetheless, police officials contested the validity of her self-defense claim, asserting that Patricia had provoked Joshua and attempted to hold him at gunpoint, deeming her actions unreasonable in the use of deadly force. Consequently, Patricia has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the tragic shooting.

Paul joined the Manchester Evening News in 2004 and Tosbos in 2022. A senior reporter, he's experienced in crime and court reporting - and also holds the defense portfolio.

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