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Two killed in Fayetteville murder-suicide

Posted October 6, 2011 11:39 a.m. EDT
Updated October 7, 2011 2:47 p.m. EDT

— Two people were killed Thursday morning in what police say was a murder-suicide in Fayetteville.

Police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said that investigators believe Warren Cummings III, 30, of the 400 block of Woodstream Trail, kidnapped a woman around 8:11 a.m. from an apartment where she had been staying on Icarus Circle.

A neighbor said she heard a dog bark then saw an SUV speeding away from the apartment. Both the neighbor and the friend with whom the woman was staying called 911.

"He literally just came and busted in the house and grabbed her," the neighbor told a 911 dispatcher. "She tried to run and came knocking at my door screaming for help." 

The neighbor added that she knew Cummings had guns at his home, but wasn't sure if he had them with him at the time of the abduction. 

The woman's identity or relationship to Cummings won't be released until police are able to notify her relatives, MacRoberts said.

Investigators, however, did say the woman had a restraining order against Cummings. The neighbor told the 911 dispatcher that Cummings had threatened to kill the woman in the past. 

Shortly before 10 a.m., MacRoberts said, a police officer spotted the man's Chevrolet Tahoe in the Woodstream Apartment complex off Cliffdale Road.

The man saw the officer, fired shots at him and then shot and killed the woman and then himself inside the car.

The police officer was not injured and did not return fire.