A 76-year-old woman was killed in a shootout with attempted robbers outside her Anderson County, S.C., home early Saturday morning.
“She fought. She was a fighter. She shot him,” the victim’s brother, Ronnie Lollis, told local NBC affiliate WYFF News Channel 4.
Dorothy Hendrix returned home at about 1 a.m. when two armed men and one woman approached her attempting to rob her, coroner Greg Shore said. He said Hendrix pulled out a gun and fired at the suspects, and one of them returned fire, hitting her twice. One neighbor reported the gunshots to police.
Hendrix, known as “Dot” to friends and family, managed to shoot one of the intruders in the stomach before she died at the scene. The other two suspects ran off.
The wounded suspect was taken to the hospital for surgery, Shore said. The Anderson County Sheriff's Office said they will release more details after they interview him.
Deputies said they are investigating whether a vehicle found near Airline Road and Rayben Lane with a broken windshield may have been involved.
"She helped anybody, you didn't have to ask for it she helped anybody that needed help," Lollis told NBC 14 News.
Lollis said this wasn't the first time Hendrix was attacked. In October 2011, deputies said Hendrix was at the same home when she became the victim of an armed robbery, a case which has not yet been solved.
According to Lollis, Hendrix bought a gun and learned to fire it for protection after the first attack.
"She had been robbed right here at her house, coming out of her house. That's what made her get her gun. I don't understand why she wanted to keep coming back. I know home's home," Lollis told reporters.
Steven Hagood, 33, who was shot during the incident, was facing an arrest warrant in connection with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the sheriff's office said.
Tereba Geer, 26, and Bradacious Galloway, 23, were also arrested.
Pictured, via Guns.com: Steven Hagood and Tereba Geer