A 92-year-old US woman shot and killed her 72-year-old son, in order to avoid being sent into a care home.

Anna Mae Blessing, who is charged with murder, contemplated her son’s intentions to put her into care for days, according to court documents.

“You took my life, so I’m taking yours,” she reportedly said as she was escorted out of the Arizona home she shared with her son and his girlfriend.

Mrs. Blessing told police she had intended to kill herself, too.

The incident happened in the morning of July 2, in the town of Fountain Hills, Maricopa county.

Mrs. Blessing’s son, whose name has not been released, wanted her to leave for an assisted living facility because she “had become difficult to live with”.

According to BBC News, police said in a statement that the mother concealed two firearms in her robe pockets before confronting her son in his bedroom.

During the ensuing argument, she pulled out one revolver, purchased in the 1970s, and fired at her son.

Police found the son dead, with two bullet wounds to his neck and jaw.

Mrs. Blessing then pointed the gun at her son’s 57-year-old girlfriend, who managed to wrestle it away and throw it into a corner of the room.

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