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According to the Lexington Police Department, an arrest has been made in the shooting death that occurred Thursday, which LPD, LCSD and the Lexington County Coroner's Office have been investigating.

At approximately 5:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 700 block of West Main Street for a shooting that occurred. Officers found Judy Dyanne Burnett, age 72 of Gilbert, near the fence line behind the Town Square shopping center with a gunshot wound to the face. Officers immediately began rendering aid until Lexington County EMS arrived. Judy Burnett died while being transported to the hospital.

Officers found Sean Eric Malahy, age 49 of Lexington, at the scene and in possession of a handgun. He was taken into custody, declining to make a statement to detectives, according to LPD. He was transported to the Lexington County Detention Center.

Prior to the shooting incident, Judy Burnett had gotten into an argument about feeding feral cats with a witness who was with Malahy. Sean Malahy engaged in the argument with Judy Burnett which turned into a physical fight. During this altercation, Malahy shot Burnett.

Through the investigation, it was discovered that Judy Burnett and Sean Malahy had known each other for a number of years and that the two had ongoing disagreements about their own involvement in the feeding, trapping and releasing of feral cats that are known to live behind businesses in the woods along West Main Street.

Sean Malahy was been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He was transported to the Lexington County Detention Center. His bond hearing will be held Friday at 3 p.m.

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