Audrey Marie Mayo, 24, and Matthew Tyler Webb, 23, have known each other for about two months. When they first met, she said, he seemed nice, friendly, responsible. Plus, he liked the Grateful Dead. But Mayo said the two didn't officially become a couple until Nov. 21, after Mayo accidentally shot her.
After Webb called 911 on Nov. 21, LaFayette police arrested him on charges of firing a gun within 150 feet of a road. Capt. Stacey Meeks said Webb admitted to taking several illegal drugs that day, and Meeks expects Webb will be charged with other crimes.
Earlier that day, Mayo and Webb hung out on the roof of Webb's mother's house at 910 Hillsdale Road. Across the street, Webb spotted some deer and decided to try to bag one.
After he left Mayo alone on the rooftop around 5:30 p.m., she thought she heard him calling for her.
She thought he wanted her to bring him a knife. So Mayo climbed down the ladder and walked across the street. She called out to Webb, kind of. "I was doing like a half yell," she said Friday in her home on Raleigh Drive, two weeks after the incident. "I didn't want to scare the deer away."
Through the thicket of briar, gripping his rifle, Webb heard rustling and saw movement. Then, everything stopped.
He aimed. "And then I heard a gunshot," Mayo said. "And then I felt it. And then I hit the ground." Something sharp ran through her leg, like a rod with hooks ripping through her flesh and nerves and blood vessels.