Man, woman dead in apparent murder-suicide, Fayetteville police say

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Fayetteville police are investigating after two people were shot to death in a murder-suicide on Thursday morning, according to a news release.

Officers responded to a shooting call at a home in the 700-block of Miller Avenue just before 7:30 a.m., police said.

Once at the scene, police encountered a man, later identified as 20-year-old Michael Cintel Culpepper, on his knees in the road outside the home holding a handgun, according to authorities. The man turned the gun on himself and shot himself when the first arriving officer got there, police said.

According to the department’s preliminary investigation, the man shot a woman, and then a nearby resident called 911 to report the incident.

The woman, 25-year-old Xamegga Whitfield, died at the scene. The man who shot himself was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he then died, police said.

The two were in a relationship, police said.

Video from nearby documented the incident.

The road at Miller Avenue and Lenoir Street was closed to all traffic as police investigated, but has since reopened.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide investigation is asked to contact Detective J. Olsen at (910)709-1958 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting and completing the anonymous online tip sheet.

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