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Deputy critically injured in Cumberland Co. shooting spree out of ICU

Posted August 5

Three people died Wednesday morning following a domestic dispute and shootout with Cumberland County deputies at a home on New Moon Drive outside Fayetteville.

— A Cumberland County deputy critically hurt during a shooting spree last week that killed three people and injured three other deputies is out of intensive care, officials said Tuesday.

Deputy Joshua LaFave, 25, was shot in the chest, back and shoulder while conducting an investigation inside a New Moon Drive home that was being shot at. LaFave is now in a regular hospital room at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center after spending the past few days in serious but stable condition, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said.

Investigators say Andrew “Jay” Michaelis shot multiple rounds into the home of his father-in-law on July 30 after an argument with his estranged wife.

Michaelis’ father-in-law, Gary Simpson, 61, and Simpson’s grandson, Trekwan Covington, 10, died from bullets fired by Michaelis, authorities said.

Michaelis was killed while being pursued by deputies.

Investigators believe the incident may have started after Michaelis’ wife in North Carolina, whom he has a 13-year-old son with, discovered he was still married to a woman in Michigan.

LaFave was one of four deputies injured in the incident. The other three deputies are either on administrative duty or worker’s compensation, Tanna said.

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  • commonsenseisn't Aug 6, 5:56 p.m.

    Let's hope for a full, speedy recovery.

  • Jump1 Aug 6, 12:41 p.m.

    Good news fast recovery and back to the road.

  • 88zooloo Aug 6, 10:05 a.m.

    Get well soon deputy! continue to improve and know that there are many many people out there praying for you! your courage and dedication to protecting and helping your community is an example for the rest of us! way to stay in the fight brother!