CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston woman accidentally shot herself in the finger, then lied to police and others about the incident because she was worried about her three small children, Charleston police said in a news conference Monday.
Police arrested the woman's boyfriend, whom they initially thought shot her, then charged him with several unrelated offenses, said Steve Cooper, chief of detectives.
Requioa R. Cochran, 24, walked into CAMC Women and Children's Hospital at about 11:40 Monday morning, saying she'd been shot in an attempted robbery at the Transit Mall, police said.
But after questioning by police, several different stories emerged.
"The lady wasn't really forthright," said Lt. C.E. Sisson.
Following initial interviews, police believed Cochran's boyfriend, Kerry L. Jemison, 22, shot her at the apartment they shared on McCormick Street, in some sort of domestic dispute.
Based on that information, police went to her apartment, where they got a description of Jemison and learned he might have headed toward the Transit Mall.
They arrested Jemison at the Transit Mall at 12:40 p.m., Sisson said, and found a handgun and some marijuana in his backpack. At that point police planned to charge Jemison with malicious wounding and possession with intent to deliver. But they later dropped plans for the malicious wounding charge.