Pa. mom charged with pointing gun at son

May 25, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Washington Township, Pa., woman was charged with pointing a gun at her son while he was chatting by computer with his girlfriend in Michigan after the girlfriend called authorities to say she saw the woman on her computer screen, police said.

Chief Barry Keller of the Washington Township Police Department said Sharon Shetler, 50, of 11555 Gehr Road, was charged with making terroristic threats and simple assault.

Keller said the woman's 17-year-old son had a Web camera attached to his computer, which allowed his girlfriend in Michigan to see his image while the two were communicating by instant message.


The girlfriend, 14, told authorities she saw the woman point the weapon, a 9 mm automatic handgun, at her son at about 7:50 p.m. Sunday, police alleged.

When officers arrived at the house, they initially believed they had heard a gunshot come from inside the residence, but that proved not to be the case, police said.

Shetler was apprehended outside the home without incident. She was not armed. A gun was found inside the house, police said.

The names of the boy and his girlfriend were not released.

The boy was taken into protective custody and placed with Franklin County Children and Youth Services.

Shetler was arraigned before District Justice Larry Meminger. He set bail at $25,000 and sent her to Franklin County Prison.

A prison spokesman said there was no record of Shetler in the lockup Monday night.

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