Grand jury indicts woman who police say threatened ex with his own gun

Grand jury indicts woman who police say threatened ex with his own gun

A Jefferson Count Grand Jury indicted a Port Arthur woman for burglary Jan. 25 following an incident last year during which police allege the woman stole her ex-husband's shotgun, threatened him and others with the weapon and then crashed the golf cart she was operating into a ditch in front of his house.

According to the indictment, 60-year-old Becky Sumlin of Port Arthur is charged with burglary of a habitation stemming from an incident that occurred Nov. 25, 2016. The probable cause affidavit for Sumlin's arrest asserts that on that date the Port Arthur Police Department dispatch received a call reporting a woman wearing a white tank top "waving a gun around." The caller stated that the woman was approaching a house saying she was going to shoot someone and had fired the gun once before wrecking the golf cart into a ditch. 

An officer arrived and found the wrecked golf cart. The driver of the cart, later identified as Sumlin, then approached the officer. She reportedly had blood on her clothes and "appeared to be in an altered mental state or intoxicated." She was not carrying the gun mentioned by the caller, stated the affidavit, but an officer soon discovered the weapon in the ditch near the crash site. 

Sumlin's ex-husband told police he had been in his back yard when he heard a loud noise and came around the house to discover his ex-wife holding his shotgun and yelling, looking for him. He said she must have entered his unlocked home and stolen the firearm. She then took the gun with her in the golf cart she was operating, stopped the cart, walked to the a neighbor's door and knocked, demanding her ex-husband's location, states the affidavit. 

"Sumlin pointed the shotgun at the male resident and stated she was going to kill him if he did not tell her where (her ex-husband) was," reads the affidavit for arrest warrant. "Sumlin took a few steps back and fired the gun in an unknown direction."

At the time of the incident, police report, Sumlin had a protective order barring her from the location, an order she had violated once already. She was arrested for burglary and for violating the protective order, and subsequently indicted on the burglary charge, a second-degree felony.

An indictment is not evidence of guilt.