"I don't know what I feel like. I feel like I killed my son! I didn't think I could kill my son, but I didn't mean to," Margaret "Marie" Perry told WCHS-TV. "I love my son dearly. I mean, you can ask everyone. I was his sole person that did anything for him."
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department reported that Jeffrey Michael of Danville died after being shot three times in the chest Friday night in Mrs. Perry's home.
"When they got on scene, they located the victim, Jeffrey Michael, 34-years-old. He was deceased when the officers arrived," Chief Deputy Chad Barker reports.
According to area residents, Jeffrey Michael was in the house looking to take Mr. Perry's (a cancer patient) prescription pain medication. We he refused, a fight broke out.
Mrs. Perry says he was mentally ill, had a pill problem, and often put her and her family's safety in danger.
"He threw Harold over against the glass cabinet and broke the glass and when the glass broke, I didn't know what was going on. And I just, I freaked. I got the gun. I said 'no more.' And that's all I know. I didn't even know the gun was loaded, or it wasn't loaded. I don't know, I don't mess with guns. And I pulled the trigger. And that's really all I remember. I wasn't aiming for him. I didn't even know I had shot him," Mrs. Perry explained in her television interview.
"That don't give nobody no right to do what I did. I shouldn't have took his life. And I'm so sorry about that. I wish I had shot myself."
Mrs. Perry was reportedly giving her son CPR when deputies arrived.
Margaret "Marie" Perry, 54, and her husband, Harold Perry, 64, both of Danville were taken in for questioning and released.
No one has been charged at this time.
Chief Deputy Barker says his officers will meet with Boone County prosecuting attorney Keith Randolph on Monday morning to see if charges are to be filed.
Asked whether law enforcement would be filing any charges in the shooting, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph was guarded in his comments.
"The sheriff's department is still conducting an investigation into this case, so right at this time, no charges are anticipated. It is likely, however, that our office will bring this case before the January 2011 Boone County Grand Jury and give that body the final decision as to whether anyone will face indictment in the death."