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Woman shoots handyman making sexual advances, sheriff says

7-18-2011 North Carolina:

LINCOLNTON - A Lincolnton woman was arrested and a man was sent to the hospital following a shooting incident Friday night, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.

The shooting happened at the woman’s home in the 1600 block of Cloudburst Circle north of Lincolnton around 9:18 p.m.

Detectives said the call came in to the Communications Center from a woman who stated she had just shot a man outside her home.

The suspect, Ida-Monetta Duckworth, 67, of Cloudburst Circle, told detectives that Paul Michael Tucker, 60, was at the woman’s home where he had been doing some handyman type work and made sexual advances toward her.

According to the sheriff's office, the two had an on-going relationship for several years.

Duckworth reportedly told Tucker to leave when the suspect felt threatened and fired shots from a 22 caliber pistol.

Tucker was hit by one round in the stomach, investigators say.

He was transported to CMC-Lincoln and then airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives said Tucker had been working most of the week with the suspect doing repair work to several rental residences she owns and had also been living in a vehicle that the suspect was buying and parked in a lot beside her house.

Tucker was also wanted by Lincoln County authorities for Failure to Notify Authorities about a Change of Address for a Registered Sex Offender. The warrant will be served when Tucker is released from the hospital, the sheriff's office said.

Ida-Monetta Duckworth was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill and Inflicting Serious Injury. She was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond. ..Source.. by Alison Hill, Community Web Producer

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