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Police Release 911 Phone Call Of Millbrook Park Shooting

Posted December 20, 2005

— Raleigh police Tuesday released the that a Clayton woman made Sunday after her Naval reservist husband was shot in the head and she was wounded.

  • Audio:

  • During the call, Monique Berkley, 26, tells the dispatcher that two men shot her and her husband, Paul Berkley, as he breathes heavily in the background.


    What's that? Who is that I hear in the background?

    Monique Berkley:

    My husband.


    What is he -- has he been shot?



    Police said the couple was shot just before 3 a.m. while on a pathway at Millbrook Exchange Park on Dec. 18. Paul Berkley, 46, later died at WakeMed from his injuries. Monique Berkley, 26, sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

    On Monday, police arrested Monique Berkley and charged her with first-degree murder in connection with her husband's death. A judge denied her bond Tuesday and gave her a court-appointed attorney.

    Two other men, Andrew Deshawn Canty and Latwon Darrell Johnson, both 18, were arrested Sunday and were each charged with one count of first-degree murder. They, like Berkley, are in the Wake County Jail without bond.

    Neighbors and people who know Monique Berkley said she had been romantically involved with Canty, although police have not confirmed what type of relationship the two had. Other sources tell WRAL that the two were living together in the home Monique Berkley shared with her husband while he was serving in the Middle East.

    Friends of the couple tell WRAL that Paul Berkley was concerned that something was happening at his home while he was away. They said that when Berkley would call home, an unfamiliar voice would answer the phone and that his family rarely contacted him.

    Sources said Canty met Monique Berkley through her two stepchildren who attended Clayton High School with him. Students at Clayton High cannot stop talking about the shooting.

    "For a soldier to come back and die at home, it doesn't make any sense," said student Samantha Narron.

    Friends of Canty said they believe Monique Berkley influenced him.

    "I know they had a thing, but I didn't think it was that serious," said another student, Kascha Peavy. "And I didn't think they would even think of something like that because Andrew was not that type of person ... She must have said something to him. 'I'll give you this, I'll give you that.' He must have believed it."

    Johnson's parents also told WRAL that they were stunned by their son's arrest. They said he is a freshman at East Carolina University and has never before been in trouble.

    Susan Wheeler, Monique Berkley's mother, who was in court Tuesday, said her family was simply supporting one another taking the events in the case one day at a time.

    Sources close to the Berkley family told WRAL that Paul Berkley's two children, Zeke and Becky, are now with their biological mother in California.


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