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Woman's shooting death hasn't been ruled a suicide

Posted August 21

Wake County sheriff's investigators are taking a second look at a fatal shooting initially thought to be a suicide.

According to search warrants, deputies responded Sunday night to a shooting at 6017 Briarwood Drive in Raleigh, where they found Tanya Strickland, 41, who had been shot once in the head.

Strickland's boyfriend told authorities that he had just returned home from work when she shot herself.

But the state medical examiner found that the entry wound of the bullet was "suspicious and not usual for a self-inflicted wound," according to a search warrant.

Investigators say in the warrant that they suspected a history of domestic violence between the couple and that he reportedly had threatened over text message to shoot her.

A sheriff's spokesman said Thursday that detectives are still investigating and that no charges have been filed.

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