GASTONIA, N.C. – Newly released audio from three 911 calls captures the terrifying moments before a deadly shootout between a gunman and police officers in North Carolina.
Two police officers were wounded in a shooting that left two men dead and one woman injured, according to WCNC.
On Saturday, officers received a call in which a man was heard whispering into the phone.
“He’s in the house,” the man says.
“Your dad’s in the house?” the dispatcher asks.
“The gunman,” the man says.
Shouting is heard in the background, then the man who called 911 tells the dispatcher, “He just killed my dad. He just killed my dad.”
When authorities arrived on scene, they were confronted by the suspect, Jeffery Clyde Wilkes.
Wilkes, who was armed with a shotgun and a pistol, opened fire and shot two police officers.
Officers then returned fire and fatally shot Wilkes.
Officials say the two police officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Inside the home, police officers found the body of Charles Dean Thompson, a retired police officer.
Wilkes reportedly shot Thompson before police officers arrived.
Another shooting victim was located at a neighbor’s home, where officials say she fled after being shot by Wilkes.
She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators are still working to identify the cause of the incident.