Woman kills son in tragic accident after mistaking him for intruder (video)

A police vehicle at the scene (El Tijuanense)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A woman in Mexico shot her son dead in a tragic accident after confusing him with an intruder trying to rob their property.

The incident took place in Mazatlan, a city in the north-eastern drug heartland of Simaloa, in the early hours of the morning.

According to local website El Tijuanense, citing residents of the neighbourhood, a man entered the house via the rear patio and the son went out to confront him.

However his mother, who had also been alerted, fired her gun in the confusion and hit him.

A red cross ambulance arrived on the scene but the medics were only able to confirm that the man had died.  The municipal police arrived a short time later, as did the Mexican army, of which the victim was reportedly a member. 

Video of the aftermath can be seen here: