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Florida man's cell phone video captures argument with mother-in-law, gunshots

In this photo provided by Broward County Sheriff's Office, Cheryl Hepner is shown. A cell phone video captured a confrontation between a South Florida man and his mother-in-law charged with attempted first-degree murder for shooting at him outside her Broward County home, authorities said. Hepner, 66, fired three shots at Salvatore Miglino , according to authorities, striking him in his rib cage and shoulder. Miglino was treated and later released from a hospital. AP Photo/Broward County Sheriff's Office

Cheryl Hepner
AP Photo/Broward County Sheriff's Office

(CBS/AP) MIAMI - A cell phone video captured the sound of a confrontation between a South Florida man and his mother-in-law, and the gunshots she is accused of firing at him, authorities said Saturday.

"I can't believe you did that! I can't believe you did that! What are you, crazy?" Salvatore Miglino, 39, of Boca Raton, can be heard yelling in the video, which didn't capture the images of the shooting.

Miglino's estranged mother-in-law, 66-year-old Cheryl Hepner, was arrested Thursday and was being held Saturday in jail without bond.

Investigators said Hepner fired three shots at Miglino on Wednesday, striking him in his rib cage and shoulder. Miglino was treated and later released from a hospital.

Hepner is heard in a 911 call telling a different side of the story, telling the operator that Miglino "had me down on the floor, on the ground" and pulled the gun on her first, outside her home in Tamarac.

"I tried to grab the gun and shoot," Hepner said.

Her attorney said Hepner was only protecting her grandson and daughter, who live with her but were not home at the time.

"I can't imagine that she would go out and purchase a gun and have some ulterior motive," attorney Michael Tenzer said.

Hepner, who was not injured, told the operator that the gun belonged to Miglino. Investigators said they had not yet determined who owned the gun.

The recording captured on Miglino's cell phone does not show the actual shooting. Only their conversation, followed by several gunshots, can be heard on the video.

Miglino pulled up to the house to pick up his son under a court order that authorizes him to take custody of the child every Wednesday night, according to a sheriff's office report. Hepner met him outside with the boy's pillow and bag and told Miglino that his father-in-law wanted to talk to him inside, the report said.

Miglino declined to go inside and asked for the boy's belongings. Hepner then pulled a handgun out from behind the pillow and fired three shots at Mignilio, he told investigators.

Miglino landed on top of her to stop her from shooting again, said sheriff's office spokeswoman Dani Moschella. The gun jammed, "so that may have been the reason she stopped shooting," Moschella said. The video, she added, "corroborates his story."

"I caught it on video on my cell phone because I knew something stupid was going to happen," Miglino is heard telling a 911 operator.

Tensions have been high between Miglino and his estranged wife for over a year. The two have been in better divorce proceedings, fighting over the boy's visitation schedule, records show.


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