BESSEMER CITY, NC – Two people were killed, including a lawyer in Gaston County Sheriff, when a man drove his car to a restaurant in Bessemer City on Sunday, the authorities said. Officials said preliminary information indicates the man, whom the police identified as Roger Self, deliberately drove into the restaurant.
One of the victims killed in the crash was identified as Katelyn Self, a sheriff's deputy with the Gaston County Sheriff Office and the suspect's daughter. Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger said at a press conference that Self started as Internal Freedom Director before she went to a deputy. She was off-duty at the time of the event.
"Today, we lost our own deputy Katelyn Self, in a tragic event that occurred while she was not employed," wrote the Gaston County Sheriff Office on Facebook. "Katelyn has served Sheriff Office for four years and was a corporal in prison. Our hearts are broken and we pray for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, not only for Katelyn's family and friends but also her brothers and sisters in uniform."
Officials have not identified the second victim killed. Several others were injured.
Bessemer City police chief Tom Ellis told a press conference that the car drove into Surf and Turf Lodge at noon on Sunday. Ellis said the officers responded to the scene saying that the car was completely in the building.
Roger Self was taken in storage immediately after the car drove into the restaurant, said Ellis.
Police department Charlotte-Mecklenburg, who assists Bessemer City officials with the investigation, said in a tweet that the incident is "domestic-related". The department also said no other suspects were sought.
Referring to sources, WBTV reported that Self apparently came to the restaurant with his family, got up and left and then drove his car into the building.
Patch updates this report.
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