HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — A 14-year-old boy killed his mother and critically injured her boyfriend during a shooting in Florida, according to deputies.
Adeem Berry is charged with:
"This scene is one of nightmares and absolute heartbreak," Sheriff Chad Chronister said. "This family's life is forever changed. A victim's life was taken, and because of his actions, the suspect's life, as he knows it, is over. He will never see the outside of a detention facility for his crimes."
Deputies received "several calls reporting a young male suspect running through the Summerfield subdivision armed with a handgun."
When deputies arrived on the scene, they came in contact with Berry, who repeatedly placed the gun to his head and threatened to shoot himself. Deputies immediately began de-escalation tactics.
"The deputies who negotiated with this suspect for more than 16 minutes were calm, collected, and ultimately successful in convincing him to lower his weapon," Chronister said. "They used their remarkable intuition and expertise to determine this suspect was not looking to harm them, but was contemplating suicide."
After commands from deputies, Berry lowered his firearm but attempted to retrieve it again.
"At this point, deputies deployed a less lethal round, striking the suspect in the hand with a 40 mm launcher, to gain compliance and safely get this suspect into custody," the release states.
Deputies said that after being shot, the boyfriend went to a neighbor's home for help. That's where deputies found him suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Deputies then discovered the mom deceased on a driveway just down the street.
Berry is being held in jail without bond.