Judge: Mom who shot teen son acted in self-defense

By From page A13 | March 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A mother who shot her son in the back of the head during an altercation had all charges against her thrown out Monday at the end of an emotional probable cause hearing.

Stephanie Polk, 51, cried when Judge Peter B. Foor made his ruling after saying Polk had acted in reasonable self-defense during a Nov. 25, 2013, dispute with her 18-year-old son.

Polk and her son had been arguing over money in a bedroom of their Day Drive home. After her son abruptly left the room, Polk got a gun because she feared her son was about to return and attack her. He returned and he lunged at her, slamming her into a closet door before he grabbed her and started struggling for the gun.

The gun went off and her son suffered a graze wound to the back of his head.

Polk had faced charges of brandishing and assault with a semiautomatic firearm and grossly negligent discharge of a firearm.

Police and the prosecutor expressed no regrets after the hearing about Foor’s ruling.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 12, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    Again, which attorneys were involved in this case, Mr. Sullivan!? I thought journalism involved presenting the facts. Your readers are left wondering who was involved in this case because you never disclose who was involved.

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  • patrickMarch 12, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    he's i8 and considered an adult. sounds like she had money and he wanted it. Police and the prosecutor expressed no regrets after the hearing about Foor’s ruling.

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