Deputies said a Laurens woman shot her ex-boyfriend in self-defense Monday, but she was arrested when deputies realized the gun she used was not legal.
Laurens County deputies said they were called to a home on Vern Cora Road about 3 a.m. where they found a woman who said she was attacked by a man and shot him in self-defense.
The woman, Tammy Duvall, 28, told deputies she had gone outside to get something out of her car when she was charged by Roderick Woodruff, 34.
Duvall said she had a gun with her because she thought she heard someone outside and when she realized it was Woodruff, she fired a shot at him, deputies said.
Because deputies said Duvall had been beaten up by Woodruff before, when he touched her this time, she fired several shots at him because she feared for her life.
Woodruff was hit by a bullet, and then ran to his car and left, deputies said. Deputies found Woodruff at his Bull Hill Road home where he was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital.
While questioning Duvall about what happened and where she had gotten her gun, they said she kept changing her story. The gun's serial number had been ground off and though at first she said she bought it recently from someone she did not know, she then said her dad gave it to her, deputies said.
Deputies said Duvall became disorderly, yelling at them and trying to confuse them about where she got the gun.
They arrested her and charged her with a weapons violation. They said Woodruff faces a criminal domestic violence charge once he is released from the hospital.
In April, deputies said they were called to Duvall's home when Woodruff was accused of beating her up after he learned she was dating other men.
Duvall told deputies that Woodruff, who was her ex-boyfriend, broke her phone and held her against her will while their children were sleeping in another room.
Woodruff was arrested after that attack and charged with kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. He was later released from the county jail on bond.
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