A mother received the apology of a lifetime from the Metropolitan Police department in Washington, D.C. after they mistakenly told her they had shot and killed her son on Christmas day.
Karen Robinson reportedly answered her door at around 2 a.m. on Christmas morning and was asked by a detective if she could show police a photo of her son, Raymond. After she did, he broke the heartbreaking news that police had fatally wounded her son in a burglary incident.
A few hours later, she received a disturbing – yet amazing – phone call from the man police said had been killed, reports NBC Washington.
“He says, ‘Merry Christmas, mom,’ and I said, ‘Who is this?’” Robinson said. “He said, ‘Mom, this is Raymond.’ I said, ‘Boy, they said you died.’”
Police say they responded to a call about a robbery on Christmas Eve and cornered a suspect, who allegedly shot at the officers. They returned fire and killed the man whom the detective originally believed was Robinson’s son.
The suspect has since been identified as 33-year-old Gregory Marcus Gray.
Right before Robinson received the call from Raymond, she was asked if she wanted to visit the morgue to identify her son, but she declined.
On Monday night, a detective returned to Robinson’s house to apologize to her.
“I think they should make a positive ID on a person before they come because anything could have happened,” Robinson said. “I could have had a heart attack right here on this floor.”
Police say the detective, who failed to wait for fingerprint confirmation before telling the woman her son had been killed, will be held accountable.