Fairborn man accused of shooting mother during argument

Robert M. Grooms Jr. Photo courtesy Miami Valley Jails

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Robert M. Grooms Jr. Photo courtesy Miami Valley Jails

A Fairborn man is accused of pointing a gun at his mother’s head and shooting her during an argument, according Fairborn Municipal Court records.

Robert M. Grooms Jr., 36, was charged with attempted murder and felonious assault.

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Fairborn police responded to the 200 block of East Main Street around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday on a domestic violence call.

Dispatch comments indicated that Grooms shot at his mother and was leaving in a green Jeep, according to a court affidavit.

As police were responding, they noticed a green Jeep on East Hebble Avenue. The Jeep pulled over and the only occupant, later identified as Grooms, laid down in the road, read the affidavit.

He was taken into custody without incident, police said.

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Once on the scene of the shooting, police noticed that Grooms’ mother had blood coming from a wound on the top of her head, according to court records.

“The [victim] reported that she and Robert were arguing when he produced a handgun in his right hand,” the affidavit read.

Grooms reportedly pointed the gun at his mother’s head and fired once, injuring her and knocking her glasses off her head.

“According to [the victim, she thought she was going to die,” read the affidavit. “[Her daughter] came in after hearing the gunshot, and witnessed her mother pleading for her life while the suspect was pointing the gun at [Grooms’ mother].”

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Police found a handgun at the scene and recovered a bullet from the wall, according to court documents.

Grooms was scheduled to appear in court this morning. We will update this story as more information is available.

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