Deputies: 86-year-old Lakeland woman shoots, kills abusive son in shootout

Nancy Pennypacker also wounded

LAKELAND, Fla - Polk County deputies say an 86-year-old woman admitted to shooting her son during an argument late Friday night and she claims it was self defense.

A Polk County deputy heard multiple gun shots coming from the area near Orange Blossom Circle and Reynolds Road. When the deputy arrived on scene, he saw 86-year-old Nancy Pennypacker coming out of her home yelling for help.

Pennypacker told the deputy her 64-year-old son was drinking and began to punch her in the face. During the fight, deputies say gunfire was exchanged and the man was killed. He is identified as William Pennypacker.

Nancy Pennypacker was shot once and suffered an injury to  her finger and right shoulder from the same bullet.

She was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where she's listed in stable condition.

Investigators say William Pennypacker has a history of domestic violence against his mother. 

No charges are expected to be filed.


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