CARROLL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Several days after deputies responded to an early morning shooting that left a man dead and sent a woman to the hospital, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office announced the man who died not only shot himself, but he shot the woman after abducting her from North Carolina.
According to the update from the sheriff’s office on Friday, Sept. 11, police officers in Burlington, North Carolina were dispatched for a welfare check at 3:47 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, after a caller reported her son threatened to harm his girlfriend, who she could hear screaming over the phone before she hung up to dial 911.
Following unsuccessful efforts to locate the woman, her car, and all possible cell phones, North Carolina police reportedly started investigating the incident as a possible abduction.
At approximately 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office says they received a 911 call about a shooting near the intersection of Chance’s Creek Road and Fancy Gap Highway. When deputies arrived on scene, they reportedly discovered a dead man and a woman who appeared to have been shot.
The woman — identified as 34-year-old Crystal Lashawn Clay of Burlington — was found beside a vehicle with obvious signs of abduction and an apparent gunshot wound to the face, authorities say. Clay told deputies that Renaldo Tate abducted her in Burlington and tied her in the vehicle, according to officials.
First responders were dispatched to treat both individuals at the scene, but while Clay was airlifted to a local hospital, the sheriff’s office says the man — identified as 34-year-old Renaldo Lemar Tate of Burlington — was pronounced dead.
The sheriff’s office did not share any details about Clay’s current condition.
According to witness statements, authorities say Clay and Tate were fighting beside the parked car before Tate pulled out a gun, shot Clay, and then shot himself, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Burlington Police Department confirmed to the sheriff’s office that Clay was the victim and Tate was the suspect in their abduction investigation. In addition, the vehicle found at the scene was registered to Clay and she was driving it when she was last seen in Burlington.
However, authorities say they have not determined why the vehicle stopped in Carroll County.