Frazer woman charged with fatally shooting husband during argument
February 28, 2017 2:25 PM
Allegheny County Police
Teresa Drum, who was charged with homicide in the death of a 42-year-old man in Frazer.
By Karen Kane and Liz Navratil / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A Frazer woman has been charged with fatally shooting her husband Monday night in their home following an argument.
Teresa Drum, 38, faces one count of homicide in the death of 42-year-old Dennis Drum Sr. She was being held Tuesday in the Allegheny County Jail after a district judge denied her bail.
Paperwork supporting the arrest shows that detectives were faced with shifting stories from Ms. Drum about what happened and how arguments with her husband — over a beer in one recounting, then over a burnt casserole in another — led to his death.
Police said a woman called 911 about 10:30 p.m. Monday and said that she and her husband had a fight and “he just shot himself.” When police arrived, they found Mr. Drum lying curled up on a bed. A gun was in his right hand. A holster was on the floor behind his body. He appeared to have been shot in the forehead, police said.
According to police, Ms. Drum showed paramedics a cell phone photo apparently taken 11 minutes prior to the 911 call that showed almost the same scene, but with a key difference — there wasn’t a gun in Mr. Drum’s hand or elsewhere near his body.
“She explained that she did not know what to do, so she had taken and sent the photograph to a friend” who told her to call 911, according to a criminal complaint.
Ms. Drum told police early on that her husband had shot himself. She later told them that she and her husband argued because she drank the last beer, and he pulled a gun out of a holster and pointed it at her.
“Teresa Drum said that she went to push the gun away and it went off,” according to the complaint.
In the next version, police said Ms. Drum told them she had seven beers in the hours before the shooting and fought with her husband over a casserole she had burned. The two ended up in the bedroom. Ms. Drum said her husband was sitting on the bed, and she was standing when he took his gun from his holster and “put her finger on the trigger of the gun, along with his, and the gun went off,” the complaint said.
It was then, police said, that Ms. Drum took the photo of her husband, sent it to a friend, and called 911.
She told police she took a shower to “rinse off” and put her bloody clothes in a hamper. She also said she never tried to help her husband and that she told them she did not know how the gun ended up in her husband’s hand.
A sister of Mr. Drum said he was an employee of American Airlines, working as an airplane mechanic in Philadelphia and commuting from his home. He served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, she said.