Footage shows Shumey suicidal in police car
January 30, 2013
Christopher Shumey slumped in his courtroom chair Tuesday as he watched a video recording of himself after he killed his mother saying he should have committed suicide instead.
Shumey said he should have shot himself, video footage from inside a San Luis Obispo police car shows. Shumey also said he was feeling suicidal.
After arresting Shumey, Officer Eric Lincoln questioned him in the back of a patrol car outside his San Luis Obispo apartment. Shumey pleaded Lincoln to take him away from the crime scene because people were gathering to observe him.
“Hey Lincoln, let’s go,” Shumey said.
The footage showed Shumey becoming frustrated and shoulder checking the car door as onlookers arrived.
Shumey, 36, shot his mother to death at his upstairs apartment on the corner of Beach and Buchon streets on September 17, 2011. After killing his mother, Shumey fired a shot at police officers before dropping his shotgun off his balcony into the yard below.
Defense attorney Pierre Blahnik is arguing that Shumey, who has been mentally ill for more than a decade, is not guilty of murder by reason of insanity. Deputy District Attorney Karen Gray says Shumey killed his mother with intent.