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Fayetteville man holding pregnant woman hostage shot by police dies, officials say

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) - A person was shot by Fayetteville police as officers responded to an assault at a residence on Greenleaf Road early Tuesday, officials said. 

The suspect was identified Tuesday night as 40-year-old Lemuel Bunn of Roanoke Rapids. He died from his injuries.

Police identified the victim as 34-year-old Stephanie Williams, who is pregnant. She is in stable condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. The unborn child's condition was unknown at the time, a release said.

Williams called 911 and reported she had been stabbed multiple times and was being held against her will at a residence along the 800 block of Greenleaf Drive around 9 a.m., Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins said. 

"It started (Monday), but I've been held hostage in the bedroom," Williams said in the 911 call. "Basically had the knife at me and I couldn't move at all the whole night. I was scared to move."

Police had to force their way into the residence where they found Bunn standing over Williams.

Bunn refused to drop the knife so an officer fired their weapon, Hawkins said. 

Both Bunn and Williams were transported to the hospital.

The SBI is investigating the incident, which is standard protocol for an officer-involved shooting. The officer is on administrative leave, but no disciplinary action is expected in the case.

There is no threat to the public, Hawkins said. 

CBS 17 will update this story as it develops.


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