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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The mother of Houston Texans rookie Jeoffrey Pagan told Asheville police that she shot a man after he attacked her, according to court documents.

Sheryl Pagan Todd dialed 911 after the fatal shooting last Friday afternoon at her mother's home on Bartlett Street, according to a search warrant on file at the Buncombe County Courthouse.

Todd, 56, told a dispatcher "that her mother's boyfriend attacked her and that she accidentally shot him," according to the warrant.

A day after the shooting, the Houston Texans announced Jeoffrey Pagan, 21, had made the team after the final round of roster cuts before the start of the NFL regular season.

He could not be reached for comment about his mother's case.

Police charged Todd with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 69-year-old Walter J. Stevenson, who suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to the warrant. Stevenson was taken to Mission Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Asheville police detective William Olson submitted the search warrant application to gain permission to review cell phone data contained in Todd's iPhone and a phone belonging to another man who was present when the shooting happened, according to the warrant.

Olson wrote in the application that he wanted to search the phones "for evidence related to the listed crime."

Todd and the other man who was in the home both were questioned at police headquarters after the shooting, and the man was later released.

Todd was cooperative with police, according to Olson's narrative in the search warrant.

According to the warrant, "During the 911 call, Sheryl Pagan stated that she had a gun. 911 operators asked Pagan to put the gun away prior to police arrival. Pagan stated to 911 operators that she did put the gun away. Officers on the scene, conducting a protective sweep of the premises, observed through the window of a golden Pontiac G6 a silver small caliber hand gun. The gun was lying on the driver's side near the driver's seat in plain view to anyone standing outside the vehicle."

Officials at nearby Asheville Middle School were alerted to the shooting, which happened shortly after 1 p.m. But the incident did not impact classes. The school is a few blocks from Bartlett Street on South French Broad Avenue.

Jeoffrey Pagan, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive end, starred at Asheville High School and the University of Alabama before choosing to enter the NFL draft after his junior year at Alabama. He was drafted by the Texans in May.

Sheryl Pagan Todd was being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility. Bond was set at $100,000 secured.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 22 in Buncombe County District Court.

Sabian Warren writes for the Asheville Citizen-Times

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