Phyllis McDole was charged for allegedly assaulting a woman who she believed called 911 to report her son, Jeremy McDole, had shot himself.
On Monday, Phyllis McDole, 48, of Wilmington was arrested and charged with second degree burglary, second and third degree conspiracy, terroristic threatening and third degree assault. She was released on $10,000 bond.
According to court documents, McDole went to the victim’s residence on Lancaster Avenue in Wilmington Friday night with three other women and two men.
When the victim, who said she knew McDole, opened her door McDole allegedly punched her in the face, knocking her onto her couch. The other intruders then started to hit and kick her, according to court documents.
McDole allegedly told the victim, “Bitch, you got my son killed. You are the one who called the cops. You got my son shot and you gonna die like my son died.” After the incident, one of the intruders told the victim they would come back to kill her, according to court records.
The victim said she wasn’t the woman who called 911 the day Jeremy McDole was shot.
As a result of the beating, the victim suffered a cut on her upper lip, two black eyes, and small scratches and swelling on her left hand, according to court documents.
Authorities say McDole’s son, Jeremy McDole, 28, was fatally shot last week after police responded to a 911 call about a man who shot himself and was still armed.
Cellphone video shows officers telling McDole to drop his weapon and McDole reaching for his waist area before shots erupt. Authorities say they found a gun near his body.
McDole has stated that her son wasn’t armed during the incident, and others say there is no visible gun in video footage. McDole, who was in a wheelchair at the time, was paralyzed from the waist down after a shooting about 10 years ago.
New Castle County Councilman Jea Street has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the incident.
In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Delaware U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly Street says tension in the African-American community is “potentially explosive” and the situation “cries out” for an impartial investigation. The Wilmington Police Department and Delaware Department of Justice are investigating.