Jackson said she and her son had been arguing about whether he could take an ink drawing of a rose he had done for his late grandmother, she said. The drawing is framed on the wall of her home.
The argument soon escalated to the point where Jackson felt she needed police assistance.
“I’m devastated that I felt the need to call 911,” Jackson said.
Jackson said her son struggles with mental illness and often leaves her home to sleep on the streets, but said he is an avid artist and reader and isn’t violent. According to state criminal records, he was convicted of larceny, vehicle theft and forgery in the 1980s but has no recent arrests.
“I was expecting help from someone that’s a lot more knowledgeable than me,” she said. Mitchell, the police spokesman, declined to say Friday whether the two officers sent to Jackson’s home had any specific mental health training.
Jackson did not see the shooting. She was inside her home when she heard four gunshots. She said it was a “miracle” that her neighbor’s camera recorded the incident. Otherwise, “I wouldn’t have had a leg to stand on,” she said.
Maurice Bunch installed the surveillance camera two years ago after a trailer was stolen from his driveway.