Police: Man shot mother after fight over trash duty

Indianapolis

Metro Police detectives have preliminarily charged an Indianapolis man with murder after they said he shot and killed his mother over an argument about taking out the trash.

Paula Day, 54, was found dead Monday afternoon, at her home on the 6000 block of Nolte street.

Police arrested 36-year-old Eric Bowman in Morgan County. He was shot by a Brooklyn Police officer after reportedly resisting arrest and transferred to an Indianapolis hospital. He was last reported in stable condition Monday night.

Police believe Bowman got into an argument with Day and took out his gun.

"We think it was a dispute about trash, whether taking it out or getting it away from the location," said IMPD spokesman Officer Kendale Adams. "The son then shot the mother multiple times, fatally wounding her."

Adams said there were many people living in the house, includng Day's mother and several children.

"It's my understanding that there were family members, including children (there), at the time of the shooting" said Adams.

Neighbor Heidi Phipps said she was shocked to hear about the shooting and described Day as a "nice lady."

"(She was a) very good daughter,  a good mother. She helped her mom a lot gardening, cutting the grass, they had a vegetable garden in the back and she spent most of the, most everyday in the summer out doing yard work for her mother," explained Phipps. "No one expected this to happen."

Some in the neighborhood told Fox59 that Bowman had raised plenty of eyebrows long before the shooting, but they never imagined he would be accused of pulling the trigger on his own mother.

"I had a suspicion of who did it, but I didn't know who it was," said neighbor Peggy Murphy. "Just a very sad situation that something that should just never happen."

Day's family declined to comment at this time.

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