05/17/2012 01:07 pm ET

Joy Lounders Made Up Home Invasion Story, Shot Self Twice: Tennessee Cops

She almost took her story to the grave.

Joy Lounders fabricated a violent home invasion Wednesday night and then shot herself twice as a cover-up, police in Tennessee said today.

The 48-year-old Jefferson County woman apparently didn't think her false intruder story would check out -- so she fired a .38 caliber handgun at her own leg and shoulder to make the scene more believable, WBIR reported.

While waiting for an airlift to the hospital, Lounders allegedly told cops that a white male in his 40s had entered her house. She said she grabbed her handgun and struggled with the man, who shot her twice.

Then she called her husband and a neighbor, who called 911.

The evidence didn't match her story, however, and Lounders confessed to shooting herself as a cover-up, according to WATE.

It remains unclear why Lounders would make up the story, but Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig told reporters that the suspect was due to turn herself in to serve a DUI sentence Monday.

McCoig said he doesn't know whether he'll file new charges against her.



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