Ky. man accused of shooting his mom on Mother’s Day over Xbox controller

A man is accused of shooting his own mother on Mother’s Day.
Published: May. 9, 2022 at 10:08 AM EDT
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WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is accused of shooting his own mother on Mother’s Day.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, they got a call around 8:30 Sunday night, that someone had been shot and was on their way to the hospital in Monticello.

Around the same time, Sheriff Tim Catron received a call that the suspect was at a neighbor’s house waiting for police to come to get him.

“I received a call on my cell phone, from a nearby neighbor from where this incident occurred, telling me that the gentleman who shot his mother was at his house, wanting to turn himself in,” Sheriff Catron.

When deputies arrived at the home on Grayer Ridge Road, in the Susie community, the suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Jacob Small, told them he had gotten into a fight with his mom, Amber Powell, over an Xbox controller. Small told police he had given it to her as a Mother’s Day gift.

We’re told that when Powell and another person were leaving the home, Small fired a .22 caliber rifle into the car, hitting his mother. The sheriff’s office says Small handed over the rifle used in the shooting to the deputy.

“After he was read his Miranda rights, this is the story he told the deputy. He had given his mother an Xbox controller for Mother’s Day. Later on, they had gotten into an argument about it,” said Sheriff Tim Catron. “He didn’t actually tell the deputy why he did it other than it was over the Xbox controller.”

Powell was taken to the Wayne County Hospital and then transferred to the UK Hospital in Lexington for her injuries. We do not know her current condition, but we’re told her injuries were non-life-threatening.

Small is facing charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal mischief. He was taken to the Wayne County Detention Center. We asked if he would like to talk to us, and he said, no. He said will “do the right thing and stay here and serve his time.”

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