The Anderson County Coroner's Office said a man who was shot to death at an Upstate gas station was killed after kidnapping his ex-girlfriend.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office received a call shortly before 7 a.m. regarding a shooting incident at the Marathon Gas station on Highway 29 South near Starr. The coroner was dispatched after a male was found deceased at the scene.

After an autopsy, Coroner Greg Shore identified the decedent as 36-year-old Rodney Nixon of Anderson.

Shore said Nixon broke into his ex-girlfriend's home on Grady Hall Road and assaulted a male subject in the house before kidnapping the female victim.

When the car broke down a short time later, Shore said Nixon asked a nearby neighbor to take him to his car so he could jump it off, but then pulled out a gun and told the victim to keep driving.

When the victim said his vehicle was nearly out of gas, Shore said they stopped at the Marathon station. His ex-girlfriend was able to get the gun away from Nixon and shot him in the chest while he was pumping gas, Shore said.

The male victim who was assaulted on Grady Hall Road was transported to AnMed Health with non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was harmed.

The case is still an active investigation. Nixon's death has been ruled a homicide, but the solicitor will have to determine if the shooting was justified.

"This would have been a very bad outcome for everybody if she had not shot him," Shore said.

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