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Prosecutors: Tacoma woman accused of shooting at son said she’d do it again

Rosa Mae Johnson didn’t regret shooting at her son, prosecutor’s allege, just that she missed.

Johnson, 67, was arraigned Tuesday on two charges of first-degree assault, and a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set Johnson’s bail at $100,000.

Court records did not list an attorney for her.

Charging papers give this account:

The shooting happened Monday in Tacoma after the mother and son argued. Upset when her son yelled profanity at her, Johnson got a gun and fired at him.

The bullet missed, and he knocked the gun from her hand, pushed her down and hit her face before taking off with the gun.

Johnson contacted police about the shooting and told them her son had assaulted her before, and that she wasn’t going to let that happen again.

When police found the son, he said that when his mother shot at him, the bullet missed but grazed his daughter, who was buckling a 2-year-old into a vehicle.

Witnesses gave similar accounts and said Johnson had been intoxicated.

“She said she did nothing wrong and would do it again,” charging papers state, “and the only regret she had was that she missed him.”

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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