DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Deputies arrested a Hartsville woman after she was involved in a shootout with someone who stole her truck, according to an incident report.
Darlington County deputies responded March 3 to the area of Lunn Drive and Pine Ridge after a stolen vehicle was located, according to the report.
Valentina Dillard told deputies she spotted her stolen truck at a mobile home on Lunn Drive, according to deputies. Shortly after this, the people in the stolen truck backed into a truck that Dillard and others were in, according to the report.
Dillard told deputies the people in the stolen truck then began following her down West Bobo Newsom Highway and fired shots at the truck she was in, according to the report.
Dillard admitted to firing five shots back at the truck, according to the report. Deputies say they later found the Taurus .380 gun that Dillard admitted to using. Dillard told deputies she was afraid when shots were fired at them and that is why she fired back. She first told deputies she fired two shots, then when deputies noticed the gun was empty she said she fired five shots. Deputies said they found five shell casings in the passenger side of the truck.
Dillard was initially charged with attempted murder but that charge was changed to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Dillard was released from W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center Thursday, according to booking records.
News13 is reaching out to the sheriff’s office for any information on other suspects involved in the incident and the stolen truck. Count on us for updates as we work to learn more.