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Lee County deputy accused of fatally shooting husband

Posted June 11, 2009

— An off-duty Lee County sheriff's deputy is on paid administrative leave Thursday night after investigators say she fatally shot her estranged husband at their home in Broadway.

Harnett County deputies responded to the home of Michael and Angie Clark at 8 Bee Hive Lane at 10:22 p.m. Wednesday after a report of a shooting there.

Michael Clark, 44, died at the scene, deputies said.

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Michael Clark's father said that the couple had a rocky marriage which involved "physical abuse on both ends."

"We don’t know if it was a justified shooting or an unjustified shooting ... I hate my son is gone," said Jerome Clark.

According to court records, Angie Clark took out a domestic violence protective order against her husband in 2001 and last December. In the most recent case, she said her husband shot at her car. She also claimed he threatened to "kill all of you" before paying child support. In January, however, she voluntarily dismissed the case.

Jerome Clark said the two had been married about six years and had five children. They were separated and living separately, he added.

"He loved his kids very dearly. Whatever it took for him to provide for those kids, he did. He’d give his entire heart,” said Melinda Frederick, victim's sister.

"The investigation has indicated that the victim was shot by his wife, Angie Clark, age 40, of the same address," Harnett County authorities wrote in a news release Thursday. "There have been no charges filed in the case and no other information will be released at this time."

Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter said he knew the couple had been separated, but was not aware of any serious problems.

"And she's done a good job. She gets along well with people in her shift and in the community, and we've been real pleased with her,” Carter said.

Michael Clark's body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

Investigators would not say whether the gun used in the shooting was the one Angie Clark carried on the job. She has been a deputy in Lee County for about two and a half years.


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  • thepeopleschamp Jun 12, 2009

    Swept under the rug? She is a Deputy in Lee Co. and it happened in Harnett. Harnett Co. owes her nothing. They are not going to "sweep under rug" just because she has a job somewhere else.

  • seadog14 Jun 12, 2009

    I believe any cop (male or female) involved in domestic violence should be automatically evaluated to see if they should stay in law enforcement. There are always three sides to a story, his/hers and the truth. I also don't believe that cops should be allowed to work during this period, and an evaluation from a doctor should be mandatory. I can almost bet though since she is a cop, this is the last we will hear about it, it will be swept under the rug as justified.

  • angeriant Jun 12, 2009

    Maybe I watch too much CSI, but it's my understanding that autopsies are done even in apparent shootings to determine angles of where the bullet penetrated and its path, and is used as evidence to either prove or disprove a defendant's case. It's not a waste of tax payer's money if the findings can be used to prove innocence or guilt in the case.

  • nursevb8 Jun 11, 2009

    But if he was shot--and there is no question that he wasn't--then why waste tax payers money and send him for an autopsy?

  • Fuquay Resident Jun 11, 2009

    Why can't people read? The story says they were living apart.

    The headline reads "Lee County deputy accused of fatally shooting husband" not "Lee County deputy accused of murdering husband". I think she probably even admitted to shooting her husband but is claiming it was self-defense. If there is a history of domestic violence, then chances are things started up again and she shot him.

  • Centurian Jun 11, 2009

    Not enough info available to make any sensible conclusions.

  • SomeRandomGuy Jun 11, 2009

    Any divorce experts on here? I thought it was mandatory that "etsranged" persons HAD to live separately before a divorce could be granted.

  • greywolf30 Jun 11, 2009

    Wow look at all the back seat drivers and the people who think they know what they are talking about.... Get the facts then make your statements.. Leave the detective work for the real police... or get a life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thepeopleschamp Jun 11, 2009

    journey, you are the detective assigned this case, tell us how you would do it and how long it would take.

  • happymom Jun 11, 2009

    "Question is if Separated but living at the same Address wouldn't this conflict with being Separated for possible Divorce? "

    Some people don't physically move out of the residence while getting a divorce- especially if division of assets is contested (e.g., both want the house) or if there are financial constraints on the ability to maintain 2 households, or if childcare is shared by both parents. I admit it is probably awkward, but it's more common than you think.

    However, the story says that family members reported that this couple had been living in separate residences.