Prosecutor: Tacoma man killed mother by mistake, thought she was intruder

TACOMA, Wash. -- A 28-year-old man who shot his mother to death early Sunday morning will not be charged, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The shooting was "a horrible accident," Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said. The man mistook his mother for an intruder. He told police he heard someone on his front porch in in the 5300 block of East North Street in Tacoma and thought there was a break-in, so he opened fire to protect himself.

His 63-year-old mother was found dead just inside the front door with multiple gun shot wounds.

The man called 911 about 4:30 a.m. and was in hysterics as he screamed that he had shot his mother, police said.

Arriving officers heard him scream: "Oh my God!… I shot her… she’s dead… Mom… I killed my mom! I thought I was being robbed," the Prosecutor's Office quoted the man as saying.

“There is a time for accountability and a time for compassion,” Lindquist said in a news release. “Homicide Chief Jared Ausserer and I met with the family Tuesday. After listening to them and considering all the circumstances, we believe this shooting was a horrible accident. Criminal charges would not serve any constructive purpose for the community.”

The man will be released from jail Wednesday. The Prosecutor's Office said he has been on suicide watch.

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