‘She was calling for help’: Woman stabs man in self-defense at Timmonsville home, deputies say

Published: Sep. 12, 2023 at 8:31 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2023 at 8:24 PM EDT
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FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - The Florence County Sheriff’s Office said a woman stabbed a man in self-defense Monday night after being held at gunpoint by him.

Deputies responded around 8 p.m. to South Hill Road in Timmonsville after receiving reports of an argument between a man and a woman.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found one person stabbed and another had been assaulted during a fight that had turned physical.

An investigation revealed that 25-year-old Dashon Barr of Timmonsville had pointed a gun at a woman during the fight and then the woman stabbed him in self-defense.

“She was just calling for help,” one neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, told WMBF News.

Dashon Barr
Dashon Barr(Source: Florence County Detention Center)

Investigators said at some point the fight spilled out of the home into the yard where several neighbors helped out the woman after they saw Barr pointing the gun at the victim.

The neighbor we spoke to said that the woman came to her door trying to get help.

“I kept hearing something knocking on my door and I’m like, ‘What is that?’ And I thought it was my daughter or something in the room... but it wasn’t,” the neighbor explained. “Whenever she came up, he was running behind her with the gun, and then pointed the gun at my nephew and my husband had the phone calling 911. He had the gun like he wanted to hit the phone with the gun.

Deputies secured the scene and took Barr to the hospital for treatment, but then he was booked into the Florence County Detention Center.

He is charged with six counts of pointing and presenting a firearm, two counts of third-degree assault and battery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Neighbors said it’s usually a quiet neighborhood but it has changed within the past several months, and now they’re scared something like this could happen again.

But for now, they said they’re glad that Barr is behind bars.

“I think once he’s out of the neighborhood, I think everything will come back to normal,” the neighbor said. “He’s just disrespectful.”

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, a judge has not set a bond for Barr.