St. Louis mother fatally shoots son before killing herself, police say

St. Louis mother fatally shoots son before killing herself, police say


A St. Louis mother fatally shot her 5-year-old son before taking her own life — while officers waited outside her home for backup, suspecting she had a gun, police said.

The 25-year-old woman, who was not immediately identified, was “acting irrationally” when responding officers got to her south St. Louis home early Wednesday following a report of shots fired, police told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A relative who lived with the woman and her son called cops, Lt. Scott Aubuchon told the newspaper.

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Officers at the scene confronted the mother, but decided to back off due to her erratic behavior and concerns that “she had a weapon on her,” Aubuchon said.

As the cops proceeded to wait for backup, they heard a single gunshot and later found the woman dead inside the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the newspaper reported.

Both the woman and her child were pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, police told The

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