Police Mistakenly Tell Woman That They Killed Her Son
A Washington D.C. woman is breathing a sigh of relief after she says police misidentified her son as a robbery suspect that they fatally shot.
Police have since apologized for not only breaking the (false) news to the woman but delivering it on Christmas day.
The Metropolitan Police apologized Monday to a Washington, D.C., woman they mistakenly told early Christmas morning that they had shot and killed her son.
Karen Robinson was told by police around 2 a.m. on Christmas that her son Raymond had been shot and killed — but just hours later, he called her to wish her a merry Christmas.
“He says, ‘Merry Christmas, Mom,’ and I said, ‘Who is this?'” she said. “He said, ‘Mom, this is Raymond.’ I said, ‘Boy, they said you died.'”
About 2 a.m. Christmas Day, a detective knocked on Karen Robinson’s door and asked to see a picture of her son.
After she showed them a picture of Raymond Robinson, they told her he was dead.
“I asked them, ‘Are you sure this is my son?'” Karen Robinson told News4. “And they said, ‘Yes, ma’am, we’re sure.’ …I couldn’t believe it, and then I said, ‘Well, what happened?’ and they said, ‘Well, he shot at police, and police returned fire on him.’ And I’m like, ‘No. That’s not my child.'”
On Monday, police identified the deceased as 33-year-old Gregory Marcus Gray.
Monday evening, a detective went back to Karen Robinson’s home to apologize.
“I think they should make a positive ID on a person before they come because anything could have happened,” Karen Robinson said. “I could have had a heart attack right here on this floor.”
SMH…guess we all really do alike.