A 19-year-old Florida man has been arrested and charged with allegedly shooting and killing his mother at her Polk County home this week.
Seth Settle reportedly shot and killed his mother Thursday after she ordered him to stop smoking cigars in his bedroom, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, according to Fox 13 Tampa Bay.
The incident happened shortly after Settle’s father left work on what appeared to be a normal weekday.
However, shortly after 9:30 a.m., he received a call that his wife had been taken to a hospital.
Authorities were first alerted to the incident by Settle’s 24-year-old brother, who found his mother collapsed at her home in Lake Wales.
Authorities did not immediately suspect third-party negligence, as reports indicated that no blood was found in the home or obvious injuries on the victim’s body.
But when Settle’s father picked up his daughter from school and returned home, he was told his wife had died.
After Settle’s mother was pronounced dead, a nurse inspected the body and found stab wounds.
Judd said the victim was shot in the heart, stopped it immediately, and stopped the flow of blood.
Settle fled but later confessed to investigators that he shot his mother.
Judd said Settle claimed he was depressed and put a gun to his head before his mother entered his bedroom.
He claimed the gun was accidentally fired as he was about to lower the gun.
But the sheriff said authorities believe he shot his mother in anger.
Judd reportedly said all signs point to the 52-year-old mother being “the most wonderful mom alive” and that the family is seen as kind and hardworking.
“The only people who are more shocked and stunned by the prosecution are the immediate family. No one could see that coming,” Judd said.
“He fled past her — didn’t help, didn’t call 911,” the sheriff added. “I cannot describe to you the horror of this event.”
Settle was charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, providing false information to law enforcement in five counts and disposing of a firearm at a residential property, the local news outlet reported.
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