DOCUMENT: Bizarre, Crime

iPhone Recorded Granny Shooting Her Son-In-Law

"I can’t believe you shot me," victim yelled after assault

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Mother-In-Law Shooter

DECEMBER 9--Anticipating a “confrontation” when he went to pick up his son Wednesday afternoon at his mother-in-law’s residence, a Florida man activated his iPhone’s video camera to record the handover of his three-year-old child.

As it turned out, Salvatore Miglino’s premonition proved to be accurate, as he was shot twice by Cheryl Hepner, the 66-year-old mother of Miglino’s wife (whom he is in the midst of divorcing). Miglino, 39, was shot in the shoulder and rib cage by a .22 Beretta brandished by Hepner, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Miglino’s iPhone--which appears to have initially been placed on the car’s front seat--recorded the sound of the gunshots and the aftermath of the shooting outside Hepner’s Tamarac home. “I can’t believe you did that!” Miglino yelled after being shot “What, are you crazy?” After Miglino apparently pinned her to the ground, Hepner said, “Get the fuck off me you son of a bitch.”

The video, seen above, was released today by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting came after Hepner, pictured in the above mug shot, and Miglino briefly spoke outside his Ford Edge.

In a 911 call after the shooting, Hepner claimed that Miglino tried to kill her. “Somebody just shot at me,” she told a police operator. She described her alleged assailant as a “son of a bitch” who was involved in a “horrible divorce” with her daughter.

Miglino, breathing heavily, also called 911. “I’m shot, he said. “I took the gun away from her. I have it.”

The dueling 911 calls can be heard below.

According to the affidavit, investigators charge that Hepner “did knowingly and intentionally plan to kill and murder Mr. Miglino from a premeditated design.” She did this, they continued, to keep Miglino from taking her grandson to New York “in the midst of this embattlement of child custody disputes.”   

Hepner, facing a first degree murder rap, is being held without bond in the Broward County jail. (6 pages)