Man shot in head over video game
Published: Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.
MANATEE COUNTY - A domestic dispute over a video game erupted into a domestic melee late Thursday, with one man choking his mother, throwing his son across a room and then being shot in the head by his grandfather, according to reports.
James Swan, 27, was arrested late Thursday on charges he choked his mother, Hazel Summerall, 50, and threw his son across a room after Summerall tried to get him to stop playing the "World of Warcraft" video game.
The incident started about 10 p.m. in Summerall's home in the 6400 block of 12th Avenue East, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's report.
Swan was playing the game in a bedroom shared by several children, and was drinking alcohol and growing increasingly loud, Summerall told deputies. She asked Swan to stop playing, a request he ignored, and then she put a hand on his shoulder as she asked again.
Swan then grabbed her by the hair and threw her onto a bed, according to reports.
Swan then picked up his son, who was also in the room, and threw him onto the bed. As he did, Summerall ran into the kitchen to call police, but Swan ripped the phone off the wall, the report said.
Swan grabbed Summerall, threw her onto the living room floor, jumped on her and began choking her, the report said.
Swan's grandfather tried to stop the choking, failed, and then grabbed a handgun. He and Swan struggled and the gun fired; medical personnel later found a bullet entry wound in Swan's head and no exit wound.