Woman charged with shooting boyfriend after 'tussle'

(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A woman now faces charges after she shot her boyfriend following a heated argument Monday night, Memphis Police Department said.

The woman said her boyfriend hit her, so she called police. It appears both the man and woman left separately and things calmed down--until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"I heard pow, pow but I thought it was a car backfiring," a neighbor said.

The woman didn't want to be identified, but says she was sitting in her car a few houses down when the commotion grabbed her attention.

"I saw somebody leave and go back inside. Looked like he picked up something off the porch went back in house and the black car, the lady in the black car pulled out in the street then she backed up," she said.

Officers said the man who hit his girlfriend earlier returned to the home and hid.

They said when the woman returned, he confronted her and hit her again. That's when the woman pulled out a gun and shot him in the arm and groin.

The man ran from the house and a neighbor called for an ambulance. He is now in critical condition.

The woman who saw it all happened said she understands how scary it can be when couples fight. She just wishes it didn't get so out of control.

"You're frightened. You don't know what to do or how or what to say, but I would just pray and run and get away because you cannot end--it's going to end ugly."

Officers originally said the woman acted in self-defense, but she now faces charges.

Valencia Smith is charged with aggravated assault.

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