Attempt to evict man from Garner house ends in suicide
Posted April 7
Garner, N.C. — A man was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a Garner house Monday hours after a Wake County deputy tried to serve an eviction notice at the home, authorities said.
The deputy went inside the home at 104 Dunnsbee Drive, off N.C. Highway 50, through the unlocked front door and, after announcing his presence, heard a loud bang, authorities said. Fearing it was a gunshot, he retreated from the house and escorted a real estate agent who was with him to safety.
Garner police officers, other Wake County deputies and State Highway Patrol troopers then surrounded the house, and crisis negotiators tried to contact the home's occupant. Traffic was blocked around the neighborhood for more than two hours, and nearby residents were told to stay inside.
"(My) neighbor had called and said there were cops everywhere, the neighborhood was on lockdown and nobody could come in or out," said a nearby resident who identified herself only as Tammy.
No other noises or movement came from inside the home, and the negotiators couldn't make contact with anyone, authorities said.
The Wake County Sheriff's Office sent a robot vehicle into the house, and its camera allowed authorities to discover an unidentified man dead inside.
No one else was injured in the incident, which remains under investigation.
Neighbors said they believe the home was in foreclosure. Wake County real estate records show a Texas mortgage company has owned it since January.
Adam Lee, who lives two doors down, said he occasionally saw the man who lived there.
"He'd been laid off from his job probably last year sometime, and he just kind of kept to himself," Lee said. "That's why it was so shocking and sad, really, if it's what I think it is. It's kind of depressing, honestly."