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Deputies are searching for a man they say has been involved in illegal activity with a woman who was shot during a theft attempt early Wednesday morning.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said 62-year-old Diana Perry was charged with unlawful entry into enclosed spaces and felony larceny after an incident at 1239 Andrews Road.
Just after 5:00 a.m., deputies responded to a call of shots being fired at that address. Deputies were able to determine that the victim of the residence heard Perry attempting to steal copper from his air conditioning unit. The victim grabbed his weapon and confronted Perry who approached him, deputies said. Fearing for his life, the victim fired a shot hitting Perry in the upper body, according to deputies.
Perry fled the area and was apprehended by a short distance away, investigators said. She was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Lott said Investigators have determined that Perry and an unknown male had recently attempted to burglarize a business located at 1148 Shop Road just prior to arriving at the Andrews Road location.
The sheriff added that Perry has a long history of burglarizing businesses and stealing copper, and that it is "a relief to have her off the streets and behind bars where she belongs."
Perry will be transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center upon release from the hospital.
Anyone with information on the identity of the male suspect or information about this crime is urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.