A romance that blossomed in cyberspace ended Wednesday night when an Ardmore woman shot her beau after less than a week of an in-person relationship.
Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony said Heide Gum, 43, was arrested shortly before midnight when deputies responded to reports of a shooting at her residence, located in the 3600 block of Hedges Road. The sheriff said Gum told deputies she had used her .22 rifle to shoot 46-year-old Darrell Petty following what she described as a “push and shove” altercation.
“She said they met on an Internet dating site and got together. They had been at her residence for the past five days. Wednesday night there had been some drinking going on. She went outside barefoot and was getting on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He stopped her, told her it wasn’t a good idea, and that’s when the push and shove started. She goes to her bedroom and grabs her .22 (rifle), tells him she is going to shoot him and does,” Anthony said.
Petty sustained what the sheriff described as a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the chest. While Petty was getting medical attention, Gum went to jail.
To add to the Internet-romance-turning-sour story, Anthony said Gum has accused Petty “of being abusive.”
Thursday the district attorney’s office filed a formal charge of assault and battery with a deadly weapon against the local woman. She appeared before Special District Judge Thomas Baldwin, who set a $75,000 bond on the charge. A preliminary conference has been set for June 3. Gum remained detained at the county jail late Thursday pending the posting of bond.