Wake Forest man charged with shooting death of roommate

STAFF WRITERMay 23, 2011 

— WAKE FOREST -- Dwayne David Ross was still on the phone with a 911 operator Saturday when he walked out of his Wake Forest home and lay on the ground.

His hands were bloody.

Wake Forest police charged Ross, 49, of 800 Stadium Drive, with the shooting death of his roommate.

Police charged Ross with second-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in the death of David Jefferson Acree, 52.

Police said in a warrant that Ross used a .22 caliber firearm. A search warrant application made public today stated that police also retrieved a black, .32 caliber revolver and a 12-gauge rifle from the residence.

Police responded at 8:17 a.m. to a shooting at the Stadium Drive address, the town said in a statement. They found Acree with a gunshot wound in his chest. According to the statement, Acree died at WakeMed shortly before noon.

The court affidavit made public today stated that Ross apparently called 911. When the police arrived at the home, they surrounded the residence and ordered Ross to come out.

Ross did come outside, with his hands in the air and a telephone resting on his shoulder, according to the search warrant.

Police took him into custody without incident, authorities reported.

Police have not yet released a motive for the shooting.

Ross remained in custody today the Wake County jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Investigators took a black tee shirt that belonged to the victim, cell phones, $66 in cash and a wallet belonging to Ross, court records show.

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