Police say grandmother who shot and killed her grandson will be charged today

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich.(WXYZ) - Police tell 7 Action News that a 74-year-old grandmother shot and killed her 17-year-old grandson during a dispute and will be charged in his death.

The elderly woman is expected to appear before a judge Monday morning.

Several neighbors called police after they heard the gunshots. Even 17-year-old Jonathan Hoffman called 911 for help after police said that his grandmother shot him multiple times.  The teenager died at Botsford Hospital.

"All we know for sure is a domestic situation obviously got out of hand and we have a deceased subject as a result," said Lt. Tim Diamond with the West Bloomfield Police Department.

The shooting happened at the Maple Place Villas condo complex in West Bloomfield, a gated community where the grandparents live. 

When Hoffman's friends heard about his death they ran to the police department in utter disbelief.  Even the grandmother's attorney has not dealt with this scenario before.

"I have never seen a grandmother kill a grandson," said attorney Jerome Sabbota.  Family members retained Sabbota who spoke with the grandmother Saturday morning for a few hours.

"She's fragile, she's scared, and she's upset.  She feels tremendous sorrow," said Sabbota.

The grandfather was not home at the time of the shooting.  Police took the grandmother to the hospital to be checked out for medical conditions and the hospital released her to police this morning where she is still in custody.

Police recovered a handgun used in the shooting but will not say who it belongs to.  The elderly woman's attorney says she bought the gun, a .40 caliber semi-automatic, to protect her and her husband against burglars.

This is not the first time there has been a domestic dispute between grandmother and grandson.  The police were called to the home back in March but no charges were ever filed.

"I would categorize it as a typical family argument that was diffused and no arrests were made at that time," said Lt. Tim Diamond.

Hoffman attended an alternative school called Farmington Central High School.  He had been living with his grandparents for the past six months.  His sister lives in Arizona with one of their parents.

"He didn't want to stay at home that's why he was with Grandma.  Grandma was responsible for him.  Grandma made sure he went to school.  Grandma drove him to school.  Grandma took him to court.  Grandma took care of him," said Sabbota.

Sabbota said that Hoffman had other recent troubles with police.

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