Man arrested after shooting his mother during argument over Xbox controller

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A bizarre story has unfolded in Kentucky, USA as a man has been charged for shooting his mother whilst they were having an argument about an Xbox controller.

The story was confirmed by the Wayne’s County Sheriff’s Office via a press release that stated that 22-year-old Jacob R. Small of Monticello has been arrested for murder-domestic violence (attempt), assault-1st degree (domestic violence) and criminal mischief-2nd degree.

The incident occurred on 8th, which was Mothers Day in the States and is thought to have developed after Small gave his mother an Xbox controller as a gift for the special occasion.

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Man shoots mother during an argument about Xbox controller

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State deputies were alerted about a gunshot victim on their way to the hospital at around 8:30 PM on Sunday 8th May. At around the same time, the authorities got another call saying the alleged gunman was residing at a neighbour’s residence waiting for law enforcement to turn up.

Deputy Jerry Meadows went to find the alleged suspect and found Small who said that he got into a verbal disagreement with his mother “over an Xbox controller that he had given to her as a Mother’s Day gift,” the news release stated.

Small told Meadows as his mother and another woman left the residence, he fired into their car with a 22-calibre rifle, which struck his mother.

The mother was treated at the Wayne County Hospital and transferred to the University of Kentucky Hospital for further treatment, but her condition is unknown at this time. 

The full press release from Wayne County Sheriff’s Office can be found below:

“According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron, a Wayne County man has been arrested after shooting his mother on Mother’s Day. At 8:30 pm Deputy Jerry Meadows received a call that a person with a gunshot wound was on the way to the Wayne County Hospital.”

“At approximately the same time Sheriff Catron received a call that the perpetrator was at a nearby neighbour’s residence from the incident waiting for law enforcement. Deputy Meadows was then redirected to the location where the perpetrator was at.”

“Upon his arrival, Deputy Meadows learned that the incident occurred on Grayer Ridge Road in the Susie Community of Wayne County. The perpetrator stated that he had gotten into a verbal dispute with his mother over an X-Box controller that he had given to her as a Mother’s Day gift.”

“As the mother and another female were leaving the residence the preparator then fired into the vehicle with a 22-calibre rifle as they were leaving striking the mother.”

“The perpetrator led Deputy Meadows to the location of the incident where the rifle was recovered. The mother was treated at the Wayne County Hospital and then transferred to the University of Kentucky Hospital for further treatment. Her condition is unknown at this time.”

“Deputy Meadows charged and arrested 22-year-old Jacob R. Small of Monticello, Ky. for murder-domestic violence (attempt), assault-1st degree (domestic violence) and criminal mischief-2nd degree. Small was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center. Deputy Meadows was assisted at the scene by Deputy Allen Cash.”


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