Last year, Salvatore Miglino went to his mother-in-law's house to pick up his son. He was in the middle of a bitter divorce and had only limited visitation rights. But when he got to the house, he was met with flying lead, not the little one.
Firstcoastnews.com explains what happened:
Miglino was expecting a confrontation, so he hit the record button on his iPhone, according to the BSO.
The mother-in-law, 66-year-old Cheryl Hepner, met Miglino outside with the boy's pillow and bag, and told him that her husband was inside and wanted to talk to him.
When Miglino declined, Hepner pulled a handgun from behind the pillow and opened fire three times, the BSO said.
"She was talking too nice to me. That's not normal," Miglino told ABC. "I did my regular routine. I opened up the back door and put the DVD on for my son, expecting Vicki to come out, but the mother comes out."
"She said, 'I want to talk to you. She kept asking me to go into the house. The answer was no. The next thing you know I'm getting shot," he said.
She hit him with two bullets before Miglino jumped on top of her and wrestled the gun away. That's when both called 9-1-1 with differing accounts of what happened. You can see the video, hear the 9-1-1 calls, and listen to Miglino describe his injuries in an interview with CNN below:
But the plot thickens. In an interesting move not often seen in defense cases, Hepner's attorney has released a statement saying the defendant is distraught over the incident, and it didn't overtly try to cast blame on Miglino:
As for Miglino, he is now suing Hepner and told ABC earlier this week he thinks his ex-wife had something to do with the whole thing:
Not present at the shooting was Miglino's estranged wife, Vicki Miglino, also the child's mother, and Hepner's daughter.
"Yes," Miglino said today on "Good Morning America" when asked if he believes Vicki knew of the shooting ahead of time and planned to be away.
"The normal routine is pick up my son at 5 o'clock. She never missed a heartbeat of that," Miglino said in his first interview in the three months since the shooting. "She was always there. This day, she wasn't there. So that's the answer."
To this day, the bullets still remain in Miglino's body.