Shipman arrested on gun charge

Loretta Shipman
Loretta Shipman in an undated photo from a shelter Facebook page.


The director of Columbus County Animal Protective Services was arrested Saturday night.

Loretta Shipman was jailed on charges of assault by pointing a gun, damage to personal property and second degree trespassing, according to Detention Center records. She was held under no bond, on a domestic violence detainer, but released Monday on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Shipman is alleged to have gone to the home of her husband, Perry Wayne McCollum, on Georgia Pacific Road, threatened him with a .380 handgun, and broken a gold chain.

Shipman has been on extended medical leave since January. Sheriff Jody Greene was appointed interim director in February. Shipman is still employed with the county as director.
Animal control has since been changed to Columbus County Animal Protective Services, a division of the sheriff’s office.

Since McCollum obtained the warrants from a magistrate, Greene said there was no investigation or 911 call.
“We handled this just like any other case,” Greene said. “All we did was serve the warrants. There was no investigation by the sheriff’s office. The magistrate found probable cause to issue the papers.”
Shipman is still employed by the county.

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