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Cops: Woman kills boyfriend after he attacks her

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NORTH, S.C. (AP) - Orangeburg County deputies say a 23-year-old woman shot and killed her boyfriend after he dragged her back into a house in North and punched her in the head.

Investigators said the couple started arguing around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when 24-year-old Jeremy Williamson found papers about an arrest in Lexington County in his girlfriend's purse.

The woman told deputies she tried to call her mother, but Williamson refused to let her use the phone. Then when she went outside, the woman says Williamson pulled her back inside and punched her.

Investigators say the woman got a gun and Williamson charged at her. The gun fired, hitting Williamson in the stomach. He died several hours later at the hospital.

Charges will not be filed against the woman. 

"Based on the evidence at the scene, autopsy results, and witness statements, this victim feared for her life during the physical assault she endured early Sunday morning," said Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.

Ravenell went on to say that domestic disputes are a problem in Orangeburg County, the second-most common call officers responded to in 2013. 

"Of the 73,742 calls for service our office handled in 2013, domestic disputes rank second. We can no longer be silent about the physical, mental, and emotional abuse taking place in relationships in this county. We must take steps now to improve a victim's ability to get the resources necessary to better manage and eventually leave these relationships," he said.

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