Florida boy, 14, kills mother, injures her boyfriend: Cops

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said a 14-year-old boy shot and killed his mother and critically injured her boyfriend near Tampa. The boy was taken into custody but charges have yet to be announced. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

A 14-year-old boy allegedly shot his mother to death and critically injured her boyfriend in what a Florida sheriff described as a scene “that nightmares are made of and that is extremely heartbreaking.”

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received several calls around 4 p.m. Saturday after a man ran out of his Tampa-area home suffering from five gunshot wounds to his torso, hands and face. More 911 calls came in about male running around with a gun and at times putting it to his head, said Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister.

The boy, 14, still had the gun when deputies found him and they began to try to coax the him into dropping the weapon as he kept raising it to his head, authorities said.

“Their negotiating, their de-escalating was textbook and absolutely set the example on how the de-escalations should exist,” Chronister told reporters.

After about 16 minutes, the boy dropped the gun but quickly reached for it again. That’s when deputies deployed a 40 mm launcher with a “less lethal” round to subdue the boy, who was then taken into custody without further incident, Chronister said.

Meanwhile, deputies found a woman suffering from gunshot wounds in the driveway of a home. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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