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Ontario woman apparently shot dead on Christmas, son cites possible accident

By in Press Enterprise on December 26, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A man called Ontario police “stating he had shot his mother” on Christmas afternoon and the woman was then found dead at home, according to police.

In what Ontario police Sgt. Bill Russell described as a “brief initial statement,” the man said “it was possibly an accident.”

Police received a call at 4:35 p.m. to a single-family residence in the 1300 block of North Vine Avenue, where they found the 28-year-old man’s mother deceased from an apparent gunshot wound, Russell said.

The woman was believed to be in her late 50s. Her name will not be released until next of kin is notified.

Russell said the man has been arrested, but as of 9:30 p.m. Monday no decision had been made on whether to book him. His name was not immediately released.

“He is waiting to be interviewed,” Russell said, adding investigators were still at the shooting scene with the coroner. Other details about the incident also were under investigation.

“At this point we believe they are the only two who lived in the house,” Russell said, and apparently the only two inside the home at the time of the incident.

The neighborhood is south of the 10 freeway and near the Chaffee High School campus.

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