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Mother, 80, fires gun at son after coffee scuffle, Pasco deputies say

Published Oct. 9, 2012

TRILBY – Through the glass door, 80-year-old Lorene Jones Orr saw her sons arguing. She went to her bedroom and grabbed her .38 Special.

She told them to stop and told Michael Ray Sims, her 51-year-old live-in son, to leave, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said. But he didn't.

Then she held the gun up to the door and fired a warning shot through the glass into the ground, the report says.

Deputies say that shot can be traced to a spat over a lack of coffee.

When Orr told Sims about 11:30 a.m. Monday that there was no coffee left in the house, "he raised his hand to her" and threw things around the house on Mickens Drive, a report states. Then, the report says, Sims shoved his mother to the floor.

Orr's other son, Lorenzo King Sims, 52, saw what happened and picked his mother off the ground, the report states. He told his brother to get out. They argued on the front porch. A report states Michael Sims tried to get back inside, prompting Orr to get her gun.

After she fired the shot, the report says, the men stopped, and Michael Sims left her house on foot.

Deputies caught up with Michael Sims, who had "a minor cut" on his knee from a shard of the glass door, and arrested him on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. He remained Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes jail.