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Domestic violence incident ends in shooting, wreck

Posted January 22, 2010 11:51 a.m. EST
Updated January 22, 2010 6:59 p.m. EST

— A man killed himself Friday at the end of a domestic incident that included a high-speed chase through two counties, shots fired at a car and a wreck, police said.

The incident began in Chatham County at about 10:45 a.m., with a man in a silver Nissan chasing his former girlfriend in a blue Toyota Camry on U.S. Highway 1, said Capt. Ann Stephens of the Apex Police Department.

As they sped through traffic in western Wake County, the woman called 911, telling dispatchers she feared for her life, Apex Detective Cpl. Joey Best said.

Apex police officers intercepted the cars near the intersection of U.S. 1 and N.C. Highway 55 and saw the man firing shots at the woman's car, Stephens said. The car was hit by at least four shots, but the woman wasn't hit, she said.

"We were standing inside the store, and we heard about three or four gunshots," said Aiesha Stone, who works at a nearby Arby's.

The man's car then slammed into the back of a white minivan on N.C. 55 near Lufkin Road, Stephens said.

Muneveer Bal, who was driving the minivan, and her two children weren't hurt in the collision.

"When I got out of the car, I saw a lot of policemen. Somebody told me, 'You have to get out of the car. Somebody has a gun,'" Bal said. "I thought something happened with (my children), but thank God they are OK."

Best said the man then killed himself in his car before officers could approach him. Police identified him as Jeremy Jones, 35, of Chatham County.

Jones' former girlfriend, whose name wasn't released, suffered minor injuries when she was hit by flying glass during the shooting, Stephens said. The windows of her Camry were shattered.

Traffic on N.C. 55 was limited to one lane in each direction for more than an hour as police investigated the incident.