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Authorities: South Carolina woman aimed gun at census worker

An 82-year-old South Carolina woman is accused of pointing a handgun at a census worker on her porch and shooting two rounds.

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — An 82-year-old South Carolina woman is accused of pointing a handgun at a census worker on her porch and shooting two rounds over the top of the employee's vehicle. 

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports the local sheriff's office has charged Willadean Bishop Harrell with first-degree assault and battery following the alleged Tuesday incident where Harrell told a 25-year-old female census taker to get off her porch, pointing a .38-caliber Taurus handgun at her. 

An incident report states Harrell admitted to firing two shots after the census worker got in her car and was backing out of the driveway. Harrell said she couldn't clearly see the census worker's identification badge.

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Posted by U.S. Census Bureau on Friday, August 7, 2020