PD: Phoenix mother arrested after accidentally shooting 13-year-old son

Phoenix Police say a 13-year-old boy was seriously injured after being accidentally shot by his mom during a fight at a home in Phoenix. 

Officers responded to the incident at a residence near 24th Street and Van Buren Saturday evening. 

Police say 59-year-old Michael Wilson confronted an unwanted guest outside his apartment, which led to a fight between the two. A 13-year-old boy was also outside at the time when his mother, 41-year-old Tonya Monroe got a gun to break up the fight, but accidentally discharged the weapon, hitting her son. 

The boy was taken to a hospital with serious injuries but in stable condition. 


Tonya Monroe (Phoenix Police)

"Yeah I heard a gunshot go off and it was a real loud explosion noise, we weren't sure if it was a shotgun or high powered rifle something like that," said Brandon Lara, neighbor.

Police say Monroe was handling a shotgun when it slipped out her hand and when she regained her grip, it went off hitting her son in the torso. Monroe denied using the gun and that her DNA would be on the gun from when she held it a while ago.

"Yeah, they're a sweet couple, Mike and Tonya they're real nice people, that's sad that happened," said Lara. 

Police arrested both Wilson and Monroe. The mother of the boy is accused of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and being in possession of a weapon. Wilson is accused of being in possession of drugs and a weapon. The unwanted guest did not cooperate with officers. 


Michael Wilson

The investigation is ongoing.