AMERICUS — A Sumter County woman faces several charges after apparently shooting her son-in-law Wednesday afternoon while the victim was attending his mother’s funeral services, Sumter County Sheriff’s deputies report.
According to Capt. Ralph Stuart, investigator with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Helen Anne Cason, 62, had arrived at the funeral of Janette Aycock without incident and had actually sung during the service. Deputies were told that just before 3 p.m., as guests delivered hugs of condolence near the family limousine, Cason fired a revolver point blank into the chest of Jack Aycock, 53, son of the deceased.
“It was one of the oddest calls you could have as a law enforcement officer,” Stuart said, “It came in that shots were fired at the church and the shooter was still on premises.”
Stuart said quick action by one or more of the 20 estimated guests near Aycock may have helped prevent Cason firing additional shots. According to Stuart, when deputies arrived at Concord United Methodist Church on Highway 30 in Americus, Cason had been subdued.
She was later transported to Sumter County Jail and charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, multiple counts of reckless conduct and cruelty to children, officials say. Jack Aycock was transported to Phoebe-Sumter Hospital, Stuart said, where he remains in stable condition.
Stuart said it was his understanding that Jack Aycock and Cason’s daughter had been estranged for about four months, and the estrangement may have caused some friction between the families.