Neighbor of 87-year-old grandmother says fatal shooting was self-defense

Neighbor of 87-year-old grandmother says fatal shooting was self-defense

YAKIMA, Wash. -- "She said that she was sorry, and that she had to."

Wanda Roberts’ next-door neighbor, Destiny, says those were the last words Wanda said to her as Yakima police put the 87-year-old grandmother in the back of their patrol car.

According to police, during the early morning hours of Monday, Wanda fatally shot her 34-year-old granddaughter, Tiffany, through her bedroom door, during an argument.

But Destiny, who says the grandmother was like family, says it was all in self-defense.

"She told me her granddaughter was physically and mentally abusing her, and she’s been dealing with it. I watched it myself. She didn’t treat her grandma good, at all," said Destiny.

Destiny tells Action News that Wanda had lived in the apartment next door to hers for years, and that only a few months ago, the grandmother invited Tiffany to live with her, to help get her back on her feet.

Police say the granddaughter had an extensive criminal history, including assault against her grandfather.

The grandmother however, had a clean record, up until Nov. 5.

She called 9-1-1 after she shot her granddaughter in the neck, admitting to the shooting.

According to police, when the 9-1-1 operator asked Wanda to give her granddaughter first aid, she refused.

She’s now facing 2nd-degree murder charges.

"Even though people think that what she did was wrong or whatever, they don’t know her, like the way people do around here. And she’s a pretty nice person. I mean, she would even give me food," said Destiny.

Destiny says if the grandmother isn’t released, she and her family plan on visiting her in jail.

Yakima police say they’re hoping to have the investigation wrapped up by the end of Tuesday.

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