AUSTIN, Minn. – Authorities say a son killing his mother was over some medication.
The Austin Police Department says it was called around 7:34 pm on Thursday to a domestic disturbance at 411 2nd Avenue SE. Officers say 60-year-old Susan Spoors told them her son, 34-year-old Russell Allen Spoors, was repeatedly asking her for his medication even though he had already taken it. Susan Spoors said she had been at the hospital that morning with her son because she thought he had overdosed.
Spoors reportedly told an officer she was scared of her son because she has to hide his medication in her room and when she leaves, he looks through her things to find it. The officer says Spoors also said her son gets violent and throws things around. She reportedly said she was afraid her son would harm her.
Police say they arranged for a place where Susan Spoors could stay but she decided to remain at home.
At around 8:07 pm Thursday, police were called back to the home on a report that Susan Spoors had stabbed herself. Officers say they found Susan Spoors in her bed, bleeding from the stomach, and Russell Spoors saying she stabbed herself. Police say Russell Spoors also told them he had taken the knife and put it in the mailbox.
Officers say after speaking with Russell Spoors further, he admitted to stabbing his mother “So she stop grabbing knives from me anymore.”
Susan Spoors was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, where she died. According to police, Susan Spoors told a nurse her son had stabbed her. Police say she had been stabbed three times.
On Friday, police interrogated Russell Spoors and he said his mother tried to attack him when he went to get his pills. Officers say Spoors then said he put his mother in a choke hold and started stabbing her
He has been charged with 2nd degree murder.
Russell Spoors had just been sentenced to two years of probation on February 16 after pleading guilty to a charge of 4th degree assault. Austin police say he attacked a member of an ambulance crew that had been called to his home on July 21, 2017. According to the criminal complaint, Susan Spoors called and said her son was “not acting right” and had threatened to kill her.
Police say as Russell Spoors was taken to the ambulance, he punched one of the crew in the face.
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AUSTIN, Minnesota - Austin police have identified those involved in a deadly stabbing Thursday night.
Police say 60-year-old Susan Spoors was killed by her son, 34-year-old Russell Allen Spoors, and is facing a second-degree murder charge.
In a press release issued Friday morning, Austin police say at 8:08 p.m. Thursday, they responded to a 9-1-1 call for a stabbing in the 400 block of 2nd Ave. SE.
The woman, identified Friday afternoon as Susan Spoors, was transported to Mayo Clinic, Austin, where she later died.
We will have more on this developing story throughout the day.
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