Casa Grande police found the mother, 38-year-old Michele Cox, with a single gunshot wound to her chest at The Colony Apartments near Peart Road and Florence Boulevard around 6:30 a.m. Friday morning. Cox was taken to the hospital, where she later died. Police said Cox’s four children and 40-year-old boyfriend were home at the time of the shooting.
Police say investigators determined that Cox’s 5-year-old son was responsible for the shooting. The handgun was found on the scene.
Police are reminding parents about gun safety. “This is a stark reminder that owning and safeguarding a firearm is a serious responsibility and should be a priority in anyone’s home or business, especially if children are present,” said police.
The investigation is ongoing.
Casa Grande Police officials say they are working with the Pinal County Attorney’s Office to determine if a crime did occur.
“Currently, Detectives believe this was an accidental shooting.”