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San Luis Obispo teacher shot and killed by son, police say

September 19, 2011 |  9:28 am

Christopher Shumey A longtime middle-school teacher was shot and killed in San Luis Obispo over the weekend, allegedly by her adult son, authorities said.

Karen Lee Shumey, 65, was identified by San Luis Obispo police as the victim in the Saturday afternoon shooting at the upstairs apartment of her son, Christopher Shumey, 34.

Christopher Shumey allegedly fired on officers when they arrived at the apartment to investigate a report of gunshots, according to a statement from the San Luis Obispo Police Department. The officers were uninjured and persuaded Shumey to surrender. When they entered the apartment, officers found his mother's body.

Karen Shumey, who lived in Arroyo Grande, was visiting her son and they argued, according to the police statement.

Shumey had taught for 20 years at Vandenberg Middle School at Vandenberg Air Force Base. She was an honors and eighth-grade history teacher and chair of the social science department there, the Santa Barbara News-Press reported. The district's crisis response team was dispatched to the middle school and the district was planning to send psychologists and counselors to nearby Cabrillo High School, where many of her past students are enrolled.

Christopher Shumey was arrested on suspicion of murder and assault with a firearm against an officer and was being held at the San Luis Obispo County Jail.


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Photo: Christopher Shumey. Credit: San Luis Obispo Police Department