A mother is in custody after allegedly shooting at her son following an argument on Saturday and saying, according to one witness, “I’ll be damned if I let him have the last word.”
66-year-old Priscilla Ann Ethridge, of Panama City Beach, Florida, has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. Ethridge lives with her 46-year-old son and, on Saturday night, they both got into an argument at home. During the argument, the son stormed out of the house and rode away on his bicycle.
A nephew told deputies that Ethridge then grabbed a .22-caliber revolver and got into her car to chase after her son, saying, “I’ll be damned if I let him have the last word,” the police report states. According to the report, Ethridge caught up to her son and allegedly fired one shot. Luckily, it did not hit the unarmed victim.
However, the woman’s story differs from what’s in the police report. The mother claimed she believed her son had taken her phone and she shouted at him to return it. She alleged that her son grabbed the door of her car and this prompted her to fire a shot to scare him into letting go of the car door.
But her son had a different story. he said that he was trying to get away from his mom when she drove up next to him. She rolled down the window, according to the son, and yelled that she was going to shoot him.
Police arrested Ethridge and confiscated her gun. The cell phone in question was later located at her home.
Ethridge was booked into the Bay County Jail, PEOPLE confirms. Bond has been set at $2,500, but she remains in custody.