by: Ken Lemon Updated:
LINCOLN COUNTY - A SWAT team in Lincoln County shot and killed a man overnight.
Police said the man murdered his estranged wife just hours earlier.
Eyewitness News reporter Ken Lemon obtained the 911 call that started the standoff.
The call was made at the female victim’s new home on Salem Church Road. The couple had recently separated. No one speaks to the dispatcher, but a man and woman can be heard arguing in the background. This is the sound heard in the background:
Male: “Come here! Come here!”
Female: “What is your problem?”
A minute and a half later the voices suddenly stop, the dispatcher can be heard saying “Hello?”
Neighbor Budgie Rice saw a truck parked behind the house; he said it was barely visible.
“I looked at it and didn’t see anybody around,” Rice said.
Police found the woman dead near the car port.
They found her husband in that same truck at Lantern Ridge Apartments. Neighbors say he stepped out and fired at an officer, and the officer returned fire. Bullets hit several cars, and one went into an apartment.
The bullet lodged in the freezer. The woman living there made her 2-year-old daughter hide under the sink.
Jason Bolick opened his door.
‘”He looked at me four or five times and never stopped running,” said Bolick, who made eye contact with the man holding a gun running from police. “To know I was that close, that’s pretty scary.”
Neighbors say the man shouted angry words at police for hours as they tried to negotiate.
Deputies fired tear gas into one of the windows.
The suspect came out and aimed the gun at deputies. They fired back, killing him.
The names of the couple have not been released, but police said there are no documented reports of domestic violence between the two.
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