Woman Displays Derringer, Daughter Calls Cops, in Murrieta

The woman apparently had some mental difficulties and was taken to a county facility for a psychological evaluation.

A Murrieta woman alarmed that her 63-year-old mother had displayed a loaded gun to her adult son during an argument called police Sunday but the woman was not arrested.

Instead, the woman, whose name is not public record at this time -- was taken to a county mental health facility for an evaluation, Murrieta police Sgt. Jay Froboese said.

The incident was reported to police at 4:46 p.m., police said.

"She just arrived from Arizona," Froboese told Patch.

The woman is essentially homeless and brought her luggage in her car to her daughter's home in the 29000 block of Lyra Court.

The young man -- an adult in his 20s, the sergeant said -- argued with his grandmother and she took a loaded .22-caliber derringer out of her suitcase.

The grandson told officers he was not frightened when his grandma took out a gun.

"He walked up to her and took the gun from her," Froboese told Patch.

The pistol was put away but officers took custody of it when they arrived, the sergeant said.

Her luggage was locked in her car but she might not return to live at the house when she is discharged from the county facility, the sergeant said, adding that the woman has other relatives with whom she might stay.



Diana October 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM
The Grandma was from AZ, it is legal to carry a loaded gun or your person at all times in AZ. I feel sorry for this Lady, she comes to her Daughters house with no where to go and they call the cops on her and have her arrested because she has a gun. How's that for family love, geez.
Justice For All October 16, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Apparently you missed the part about her pointing the gun at her own grandson. Obviously, Grandma has mental issues and she was taken for professional treatment instead of being arrested and thrown in jail. I think that was a pretty good conclusion to a potentially tragic outcome.
Justice For All October 16, 2012 at 01:25 AM
@MurrietaPatchHero: How did you write this at 8:50am? Did you miss the short bus to school?
Justice For All October 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I stand corrected. Absolutely no one should be concerned when a family member "displays" a handgun during an argument. I'm sure there's time to invite her to your house for Thanksgiving.


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