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Husband arrested in wife's fatal shooting in Raleigh

Posted May 22, 2015
Updated May 23, 2015

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— A Clayton man sought in the Thursday morning shooting death of his wife outside a west Raleigh apartment building has been arrested, police said Friday.

Johnston County deputies arrested Michael Rashun Sutton, 42, and turned him over to Raleigh police, authorities said. He was charged with murder, attempted murder, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling and felony breaking and entering and was being held without bond at the Wake County jail.

Tonya Lashawn Sutton, 39, was gunned down at an apartment complex at 2413 Wesvill Court, off Lake Boone Trail near Rex Hospital.

In a 911 call released Thursday evening, a man said Tonya Sutton was at his apartment when Michael Sutton fired several shots at his door. Tonya Sutton ran outside, where Michael Sutton shot her, the man said.

Police found her body on a sidewalk at the complex.

Residents who were shaken up by the shooting Thursday said the arrest gives them the chance to return to their normal lives.

"The police and investigators, they did their job, and I'm feeling more comfortable right now," Frize Mouassa said.

"The fact that this happened so close to home is not very comforting. It's just frightening," Maria Cruz said.

Property records indicate the Clayton house where Michael Sutton was arrested, at 50 Valleyfield Drive, is owned by his wife.

Fernando Orozco said the couple had an elementary school-aged daughter and a happy home.

"It has been all positive. Nothing indicated there were any problems with the marriage or anything," he said.


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  • Montel Burnette May 23, 2015
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    Please inform us where you got your info that she was having an affair.
    The man she visited could have been her brother or a friend.

  • Michael Hunt May 23, 2015
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    The poor daughter has to grow up now without parents because of two adults. Obviously he found out his wife was having an affair and went into a rage.

  • Eric Gee May 23, 2015
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    prayers for tonya, rest in peace usedo be an old neighbor when we first moved from sc into holly springs nc by the old ball park area . gr8t wild and witty person growing up she was loved by all rest in peace

  • Jj Parker May 23, 2015
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    They need to do some serious physiological evaluations on him to gain some light on what triggers this type of behavior then after compiling that info. Death penalty.

  • Diane Thornton May 22, 2015
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    Poor children now have no mother who was killed by the father.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 22, 2015
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    So many comments I agree with. Yours, not so much because I abhor my tax dollars going to feed and shelter an animal like this when it could be going to feed, shelter and educate a child.

  • Charlie Jaxon May 22, 2015
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    No. He deserves the same thing that he did to his wife. He does not deserve to live in prison where his family can visit him. His wife's family does not get a choice if they can see her alive again. He Deserves Death..

  • Joel Rado May 22, 2015
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    This person deserves live in prison without parole.

  • Sean Coates May 22, 2015
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    Regardless of a loved one or not, it should be off with their head!!!

  • Aanritsen Deur May 22, 2015
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    I one day wish for stronger sentences for those who killed supposed loved ones over those who killed strangers, because in killing a loved one, you killed someone who once trusted you, maybe even loved you, and that seems so much more evil to me.