Courtland woman faces charges

Published 9:41 am Friday, September 3, 2010

COURTLAND—A 40-year-old Courtland woman faces attempted-murder charges from Tuesday’s armed standoff with police.

Denise Lorraine Stump of the 26000 block of Moreland Street is charged with three counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Stump will be arraigned at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 3, in Southampton General District Court. She faces 20 years to life in prison and a maximum $100,000 fine.

Stump is being held without bond in the Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville.

The charges stem from a two-hour standoff between Stump and state and local authorities that started at about 1:30 p.m. outside her home. Stump came out from the house around 3:35 with a shotgun and confronted officers, who then subdued her using a bean bag round, a non-lethal device used to stun suspects. Capt. G. H. Drewery of the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office said the standoff began when officers went to the house to serve an emergency committal notice.