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Columbia police say suspect was shot in self-defense

Laronya Brown
Boone County Jail
Laronya Brown


Columbia police say a woman they arrested after she showed up to a hospital with gunshot wounds early Sunday had earlier exchanged gunfire with two people in a parked vehicle.

Officers arrested Laronya Brown, 25, of Columbia, after finding out that a woman had been hospitalized with gunshot wounds following a shooting at about 3 a.m. in the 200 block of East Texas Avenue, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Police suspect Brown had driven up to and fired into a parked vehicle that had two adults inside, CPD said in the news release. A man inside the vehicle had been in a relationship with Brown, according to police.

Neither of the people in the parked car was hurt but Brown was hit when the man in the vehicle fired back in self-defense, police say. He is not being charged.

Prosecutors charged Brown with first-degree domestic assault, first-degree assault and armed criminal action. She was in the Boone County Jail without bond Monday. Her first court appearance was set for Monday afternoon.

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