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No charges against woman shoots, kills violent ex-boyfriend to keep from getting her brains bashed in with a brick

Originally ran here as:
"Woman kills former boyfriend"
Man gains entry to home by breaking window, gets shot in confrontation; no charges are filed
By Greg Rickabaugh, August Chronicle Staff Writer
Web posted Thursday, July 26, 2001
Updated Friday, July 27, 2001 8:05 a.m.

An Augusta woman shot and killed her ex-boyfriend early Wednesday after he shattered a window at her home and confronted her with pieces of concrete in each hand, authorities said.

Gregory Leroy Brown was killed instantly when Tammie Renee Thompson fired a .38-caliber revolver, Richmond County Coroner Leroy Sims said.

The district attorney's office reviewed the case and decided not to charge the woman, sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

Mr. Brown, 38, of Oakland Avenue, was charged in February with assaulting and pointing a weapon at Ms. Thompson while at her home in the 700 block of Fawn Drive. He was released from jail after posting a $16,250 bond and was awaiting trial. On Wednesday, he returned to his ex-girlfriend's home just after 5 a.m., police said.

Authorities said Ms. Thompson was in the home with another man when Mr. Brown tapped on a bedroom window. When no one let him inside, Mr. Brown picked up a piece of concrete, shattered a window next to the front door and let himself in, Mr. Sims said.

Mr. Brown confronted the new boyfriend and asked, ''Where is she?'' He then went to another room and found Ms. Thompson squatting, Mr. Sims said.

''When he raised back with a piece of concrete in his hand, she fired (the weapon) and struck him dead center in the right eye,'' the coroner said.

Mr. Brown, an employee of Hot Foods by Calvin on Broad Street, was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m., Mr. Sims said.

In an interview with investigators, Ms. Thompson said she was afraid her ex-boyfriend was going to hurt her.

''She was afraid for her life, and she took steps to lessen the threat,'' Sgt. Wayne Bunton said.

Reach Greg Rickabaugh at (706) 828-3851 or greg.rickabaugh@augustachronicle.com.


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