A Columbia woman who admitted shooting a former boyfriend in her apartment at 2807 Schoolhouse Road on Feb. 21 acted in self defense and will not be charged “at this time,” Columbia police chief Skip Holbrook said in a news release.

The unnamed woman called 911 around 7:30 p.m. and told police she had shot her ex-boyfriend with his own gun after he dropped it during a physical struggle. The man, identified by the county coroner as Jermaine A. Johnson, 33, had a “documented history of domestic violence allegations,” Holbrook said. The woman was in the process of getting an order of protection against him and had met with the police.

When she called to report the shooting, the woman said Johnson entered her apartment and that the two got into a physical fight. She first grabbed a knife and cut Johnson’s hand, then picked up his handgun when he dropped it and shot him because she feared for her life, Holbrook said. Johnson died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said.

“After a thorough review of the facts, statements, evidence, and consultation with the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, CPD Investigators have determined that the shooting was a justifiable homicide,” Holbrook said.

CPD continues to investigate, and officers are waiting for forensic evidence results from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

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