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Phoenix mother accused of shooting 13-year-old son by accident

Tonya Monroe (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX – A Phoenix mother was arrested over the weekend after allegedly shooting and wounding her teenage son by accident, according to authorities.

Tonya Monroe, 41, was booked Saturday on charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and prohibited possessor, the Phoenix Police Department said.

Monroe’s 13-year-old son was nearby when a neighbor at their apartments near 24th and Van Buren streets got into a physical fight with a person police said was “an unwanted guest.”

Monroe brought a gun from her apartment to break up the fight and accidentally fired it, hitting her son, police said.

The boy was taken to a hospital in serious but stable condition.

The resident in the fight, 59-year-old Michael Wilson, was also arrested on drug and weapon charges based on evidence detectives found in his apartment.

The other person in the fight was not cooperative and would not provide any information about what happened, police said.

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