Domestic Dispute Call Ends With 3 Killed, 3 Deputies Wounded

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.-- North Carolina authorities say a suspect killed in a deadly shootout sprayed his father-in-law's house with bullets from two 30-round magazines after his wife ran away from him in an argument.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's office says the violence began when Valerie Michaelis called authorities Wednesday morning to say her husband, Andrew, had been holding her at gunpoint in an argument. Authorities say she got the gun away from him and ran to her father's house. Seven people were in the house when authorities say he drove by in his truck and fired into the house.

WRAL reports, a deputy was inside the house helping the family members when Michaelis returned to the house and shot off more rounds. One of the deputies injured was shot in the chest, back and shoulder.

"He's doing great at this time, even though he's in ICU," Cumberland County Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler said. "His vital signs are good, and we're real happy about that."

As Michaelis fired outside the house, a bullet deflected off a deputy's belt and another grazed the head of a third deputy. WRAL report a State Trooper was injured when a shrapnel shattered the window of his patrol car.

Michaelis killed two people: his wife's father and the man's 10-year-old grandson. Authorities say Michaelis later died after a shootout with deputies. It wasn't clear if the deputies killed him or if he took his own life.


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