Reynoldsburg police say woman who shot boyfriend acted in self-defense

The Newark Advocate is reporting that Reynoldsburg police have determined that a woman who shot her boyfriend Saturday, January 14 acted in self-defense.

From the article:

Terrance A. Hughes, 28, was fatally shot at about 10:50 a.m. Saturday at 9148 Firstgate Drive, in a house he shared with his girlfriend of three years, Reynoldsburg police Lt. Scott McKinley said. They recently moved to the area, just east of the Licking County line.

The woman was able to obtain a gun that Hughes brought to the home and used it to shoot him, McKinley said.

She called a friend to say she needed police, because Hughes had a weapon, McKinley said. The friend, who was in tears, contacted her mother, who called 911.

"The two got into an argument, she feared for her life and used force," McKinley said.

Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene.

McKinley is quoted as saying the investigation is complete, and no charges will be filed against the woman.

Under Ohio's Castle Doctrine law, if someone unlawfully enters an occupied home or temporary habitation, or occupied car, citizens have an initial presumption that they may act in self defense, and will not be second-guessed by the State.

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