CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Police believe a pregnant Charleston woman who claimed she was robbed and shot actually shot herself in the hand accidentally.
Detectives were called to Charleston Area Medical Center's Women and Children's Hospital just before 11:30 a.m. Monday after Requoia Cochran, 24, walked in with a gunshot wound to the hand, said Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives.
She told detectives she had been robbed near the former BBT bank in the 200 block of Washington Street. She told detectives she did not know the man who robbed and shot her but gave them a description.
Upon further investigation, detectives determined the shooting actually occurred in the McCormick Street apartment she shared with her boyfriend, Kerry Jemison, 22, and her three children. Jemison had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to pay child support.
Suspecting a domestic situation and that she may have been covering for him out of fear, detectives searched for him, Cooper said. Officers combed the Transit Mall where he had been seen at one point, but found him leaving Charleston Town Center. A search of his backpack revealed a small handgun and marijuana.
He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana.
Cooper said detectives interviewed Cochran in the hospital and Jemison at the police department but that both gave the same story.
"They both give the same story that they had made up a story about a fake robbery to cover the fact that she had accidentally shot herself due to fear of child protective services possibly becoming involved," Cooper said. "At this point it does appear that their stories do jive and that this gunshot injury was more than likely self-inflicted."
Cooper said it was a small, derringer type firearm and did not have a trigger-guard, the same weapon that was found in Jemison's backpack. She told detectives she shot herself while handling the small gun, Cooper said.
Cooper said Cochran was fine but still at the hospital, where she had to have some "repair work" done to her finger. No charges had been filed against her as of Monday evening.
Jemison is being held at South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.
The incident remains under investigation.
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