Missouri man shot and killed his mother in their home, thinking she was an intruder

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A former college football player mistakenly killed his mother in the Missouri home they shared because he suspected she was an intruder as she tried to enter through the back door, according to his attorney.

Jaylen Johnson, 25, was charged with voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in connection with the death of his mother, Monica Johnson-McNichols, 56, Olivette police said in a news release. His bail was set at $100,000.

Johnson's attorney, William Goldstein, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Johnson mistakenly believed his mother was an intruder when she tried to enter their home in Olivette, Missouri, around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

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Jaylen Johnson

Jaylen Johnson, 25, was charged with voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in connection with the accidental shooting death of his mother. (Olivette Police)

“He didn’t stop crying,” Goldstein said.

Johnson's girlfriend attempted to save her mother's life, as did paramedics when they arrived at the home, but Johnson-McNichols was pronounced dead at the scene.

Goldstein said Johnson immediately called 911 after shooting his mother, adding that he had been upset since the incident.

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Olivette police car outside the department building

Jaylen Johnson mistakenly believed his mother was an intruder when she tried to enter their home. (Olivette Police)

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Johnson, a working former college football player with no criminal history, kept a gun for protection after previously being robbed at gunpoint.

“It’s just tragic,” Goldstein told FOX 2 St. Louis. “Jaylen loved his mother, and his mother loved him.”

The incident remains under investigation.

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