DURHAM — Police have charged a South Carolina man with the shooting deaths of a couple outside their home in East Durham this week.
Investigators charged Michael Teon Brown, 28, of Hartsville, S.C., with two counts of first-degree murder. Brown is accused of killing Jerron McGuirt, 34, and Jessica Liriano, a 33-year-old mother of three children.
Police said Brown was Lirianos former boyfriend. He was arrested Wednesday morning in Darlington County, S.C., said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael. He was shot once during an exchange of gunfire with authorities, according to WBTW-TV.
Just before 7 a.m. Monday, police were dispatched to the 2200 block of Cheek Road following 911 reports of shots fired.
When police arrived in the area, they found McGuirt and Liriano both wounded by gunfire. Officials pronounced Liriano dead inside her home at 2201 Cheek Road.
Paramedics rushed McGuirt to a hospital, where he later died, Michael said.
She said McGuirt and Liriano were shot outside of the home.
Police considered Brown a suspect shortly after they found the couple. By late Monday morning, investigators asked area police agencies to be on the lookout for a brown or maroon Chevrolet Caprice with South Carolina plates in connection with the case.
A next-door neighbor, Luis Colindres, said Liriano was a native of the Dominican Republic who had moved with her three children into the home about a year and a half ago. Colindres said Liriano had broken up with a boyfriend from South Carolina earlier this year and that McGuirt moved in with her about four months ago.