911 calls released in North Carolina police shootout

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Posted: Aug 10, 2015 9:04 PM

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — The stepson of a man shot to death by a suspect who died later in a police shootout told a 911 operator that the gunman told his victim "I got you, didn't I?" after shooting him several times, according to emergency tapes released Monday.

In a separate 911 call, a woman wounded by the gunman spent several minutes whispering to an operator that she was locked in the bathroom and could hear the gunman outside. "Please hurry" she said in a barely audible voice.

When officers arrived, Jeffrey Clyde Wilkes was standing on a street corner armed with a pistol and a rifle. He fired on police, who shot back, killing him, Gaston County Assistant Police Chief Joseph Ramey said.

Police released the names of the officers Monday, but they didn't release the races of T.M. Leopard and C.M. Belli. The officers' injuries were not life threatening, Ramey said.

Investigators also didn't release any information about why Wilkes killed retired Gaston County Police Officer Charles Dean Thompson or wounded a woman who lived with him.

Authorities released three separate 911 calls Monday. In one, a woman tells the operator she was shot in the arm. "He's still shooting. He's out in the yard. Please hurry!" she yells.

Then she got quiet and said the gunman might still be inside, telling the operator she is locked in the bathroom and to please hurry. "I don't know where he is," she whispers.

In another call, Thompson's stepson tells the operator he just saw his stepfather gunned down and is now lying on the floor dying. The stepson said he is in a hallway, holding a gun in case the suspect comes back.

"Everybody else in my house is dead. I don't know what is going on," he said. "I haven't left the room since the gunfire started. I look downstairs and there is blood everywhere."

About seven minutes into the call, the stepson tells the operator he heard gunshots and his stepfather's killer appears to be dead.