Winnsboro man jailed for attempted murder

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County Sheriff’s office charged James Ruben Woodard, 29, with attempted murder after witnesses say he shot at a man who Woodard and another unidentified man had been arguing with. The incident occurred about 2 a.m., Nov. 25.

The victim reported that he had accused the unidentified man of stealing vehicles and other items from a yard on Ramble Drive.


The incident report states that Woodard began defending the accused thief, then pulled a gun on the victim who tried to grab the gun from Woodard.

Unsuccessful in disarming Woodard, the victim ran into another yard. Witnesses told deputies that Woodard then got into a grey Mustang and pulled up onto Ramble Drive. The report states that Woodard again presented a gun and began firing on the victim. The victim stated that he ran and that Woodard pulled out of a driveway at a high rate of speed, then fled the scene in the vehicle going toward State Highway 269.

The victim stated that he believes the other man he was arguing with fled the scene on foot into the woods.

A bullet was recovered from a vehicle on scene and there was damage reported to other vehicles as well as to the residence on the Ramble Drive property where the shooting took place.

Woodard was arrested Dec. 7, and a judge denied bond to Woodard on that same date. He is being held at the Fairfield County Detention Center.

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