Police: Woman acted in self-defense in Bradford shooting

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BRADFORD, Tenn. — New details are released in a shooting that rocked Main Street in downtown Bradford Thursday night. Police say a man was shot at after he attacked another man in their front yard. The woman who pulled the trigger spoke only to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News about why she said she did it and why police said she committed no crime. She asked not to be identified but said she was just trying to protect her husband and her friend. “He was fixing to start and get down on my husband and start beating on him,” she said. “That was not going to happen.” Police said the single gunshot she fired barely missed Kevin Johnson after he attacked her husband in her front yard. “I didn’t want to kill him,” she said. “But he was not going to hurt my husband, and I knew that if I went over there he would have hit me.” Police said she acted in self-defense after Johnson came to her home looking for his wife who fled after the two had an argument. “We’ve been putting up with this mess for at least a month or two,” she said. Officers said Johnson sprayed an entire can of pepper spray on her husband, the remnants of which were still visible on the driveway where everything happened. “He believes he was kicked and probably punched a couple times while he was on the ground,” Investigator Bryan Chandler with the Bradford Police Department said. “That was before his wife came out with a pistol and fired a shot off.” A shot she said was meant for Johnson but flew right past him. “Thank the good Lord up above that I don’t have good aim and I didn’t shoot him,” she said. “But I did scare the fire out of him because he took off running.” It took officers 45 minutes to track Johnson down in a nearby neighborhood and take him into custody. “She thought she was in her rights to shoot at him,” Chandler said. “And I believe that we made the right decision last night on not charging her.” Johnson, however, is charged with aggravated assault, criminal trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, according to Chandler. He currently is being held without bond at the Gibson County Correctional Complex.

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