BURGESS -- An Horry County police officer shot and wounded an armed woman who had barricaded herself inside her home and was threatening to commit suicide.

A statement by county spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said the shooting happened Saturday.

Police were called to a home in the Burgess community, where a woman with a handgun was barricaded inside a closet and was threatening to kill herself, authorities said.

During unsuccessful negotiations to persuade her to put down the gun, the woman acted in a way that caused one officer to fire his weapon, hitting her in the leg, officials said.