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A 19-year-old Florida man was arrested and charged with shooting and killing his mother in their Polk County home this week.
Seth Settle allegedly shot and killed his mother on Thursday after she ordered him to stop smoking cigars in his room, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, according to Fox 13 Tampa Bay.
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The incident happened shortly after Settle’s father left work on what appeared to be a normal weekday.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m., however, he had received a call that his wife had been taken to hospital.
Authorities were first alerted to the incident by Settle’s 24-year-old brother, who found his mother collapsed in their Lake Wales home.
Authorities did not immediately suspect foul play as there was reportedly no blood found in the house or any obvious wounds on the victim’s body.
But the moment Settle’s father picked up his daughter from school and drove home, he was informed that his wife had died.
After Settle’s mother was pronounced dead, a nurse inspected the body and found what appeared to be puncture wounds.
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Judd said the victim was shot in the heart, immediately shutting him down and stopping the flow of blood.
Settle fled but later confessed to investigators that he shot his mother.
Judd said Settle claimed he was depressed and held a gun to his own head before his mother entered his room.
He claimed the gun accidentally discharged when he went to lower the gun.
But the sheriff said authorities believe he shot his mother out of anger.
Judd reportedly said all indications pointed to the 52-year-old mother being “the most wonderful mother in the world” and the family being seen as kind and hardworking.
“The only people who are more shocked and stunned by this in law enforcement are immediate family. No one could see this coming,” Judd said.
“He ran away from her – didn’t help, didn’t call 911,” the sheriff added. “I can’t begin to tell you the horror of this event.”
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Settle was charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, five counts of providing false information to law enforcement and discharging a firearm at a residential property, the outlet reported. local.
The weapon was also allegedly purchased illegally.