Family grieving death in apparent accidental shooting

Posted: Updated:
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX  -- A hug between a woman and her boyfriend turned deadly after police say the man accidentally shot and killed her during that embrace. 

It happened Tuesday morning at a home near 86th Avenue and Camelback Road. Police said the 18-year-old man had been hugging his 24-year-old girlfriend. He had a handgun in his waistband.

Police said the man moved to take the weapon out of his waistband because it was bothering his girlfriend. When he did, the gun went off and Amanda Mosley was struck by a bullet.

When Mosley's sister Shawna Mosley, 20, was asked if she believes it was an accident she said, "I'm not going to say that I'm 100 percent certain on that but that's all the evidence we have so we don't really want to speculate too much or make people think that we're trying to go after someone."

Mosley was rushed to the hospital but was later pronounced dead.

"We understand that she wanted to hug the 18-year-old. He had a gun in his waistband. It caused some discomfort while they were hugging. They started to remove the handgun and that's when it accidentally went off is what we have obtained at this point from this 18-year-old," said Sgt. Steve Martos, Phoenix Police Dept.

The case is expected to go to the Maricopa County attorney's office for review.

Woman accidentally shot, killed by boyfriend during hug