JAY- The wife of a former Delaware County sheriff has been arrested on a complaint that she shot him once in the chest, reloaded the gun and shot him again, authorities confirmed.
Officials said Lenden Woodruff, 50, of Colcord, was listed in stable condition after being transported via Life Flight to the Washington County Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
Before being taken to the hospital, Woodruff reportedly told police his wife was the shooter.
His wife, Candyce “Candy” Annette Rowe Woodruff, 43, was booked into the Delaware County Jail on a complaint of shooting with the intent to kill, according to a press release issued by the sheriff's department.
She allegedly shot her husband once, reloaded the gun and shot him a second time, according to Ben Loring, assistant district attorney.
A .22-caliber handgun was found about a foot away from where Lenden Woodruff lay on the couch, Deputy Steve Kendrick reported.
The 911 dispatch center confirmed Candy Woodruff called for help around 5:12 p.m. leading deputies to believe the injuries were self-inflicted, police reports indicate.
The probable cause affidavit indicated that, when Deputy Ron Teel responded to a call to the Colcord home, he learned that Lenden Woodruff had already been transported to the Arkansas hospital where he was being operated on for internal injuries to his lung, liver and diaphragm.
Upon arrival, deputies found that Lenden Woodruff had been shot twice in the chest, District Attorney Eddie Wyant also confirmed.
Investigation of the shooting was turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, according to Capt. Larry Barnett.
Jessica Brown, media spokesperson for the OSBI, said police reports confirmed that the sheriff's department had been called to the couple's home earlier in the day on a report of a domestic disturbance.
Kendrick responded to the first call, according to police reports, when Candy Woodruff complained that Lenden Woodruff had been drinking, yelling and had slapped her in the face.
There were no physical marks present on Candy Woodruff, according to Kendrick's reports.
Teel's investigation indicated that Kendrick offered Candy Woodruff $20, and Deputy Randy Osburn volunteered to chip in $10 to help the woman leave and go to her mother's home in Claremore.
She refused the offer of help, according to police reports.
Candy Woodruff made an initial appearance in Delaware County District Court on Monday and the district attorney's office subsequently filed formal charges in the case.
Since being arrested at the scene, Candy Woodruff has refused to speak with investigators before talking to an attorney.
However, according to police reports, Candy Woodruff admitted twice to Ann Luper, a relative of Lenden Woodruff, to shooting her husband. Luper was inside the home when police arrived following the shooting.
Special Judge Alicia Littlefield set bond at $250,000 in the case and gave her a pauper's affidavit to complete.
Candy Woodruff has one child from a previous relationship that lives with the couple. That child was taken to the home of a family member.
Lenden Woodruff took the oath of office as sheriff on Jan. 2, 2001, according to the records of the county clerk.
He resigned on March 9, 2004, after being arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting an officer, transporting an open container of liquor and carrying a firearm while under the influence of intoxicants.
In a plea agreement struck with prosecutors, Lenden Woodruff pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and carrying an open container.
As part of the agreement, the other charges were dismissed and all counts were expunged after he completed one year of probation, paid fines of $1,200 and court costs of $450, court records indicate.