Frantic residents described waking up to screams and at least two gunshots outside their apartment on Spring Drive early Sunday morning. And others described a chaotic scene, seeing a man stabbing a woman they believed to be their neighbor, before a resident of the Greenbrier Apartment Complex shot him, according to 911 tapes released Tuesday.
“When we got here she was screaming, she was screaming,” one caller tells a dispatcher. “We were all sleeping. She woke up screaming and we heard her. She came out her house and she was bleeding and everything. And he came out with a knife and he started stabbing her some more.”
The caller said the man went inside and she urged the police to hurry.
Police say a neighbor shot Randolph Davidson multiple times after seeing him assault Kellie Jacobs Harris. Both Davidson and Harris were rushed to the WakeMed. Davidson was pronounced dead at the hospital. Harris suffered stab wounds and was taken into surgery Sunday.
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“Stable in ICU, but expected to survive,” police Chief Brandon Zuidema said of the woman’s condition Monday night.
The neighbor Kyle Jensen, has not been charged with anything, nor do police have plans to charge him.
Harris is a resident of Greenbrier Apartments, and had been living there for some time, a property manager said. One neighbor said in a 911 call that the man who stabbed her “stayed with her.”
Then the caller described how another neighbor tried to intervene in the altercation.
“And then the neighbor came up with his gun and tried to tell him to ‘stop, drop it.’ And he wouldn’t. And I think the neighbor shot him, two shots. I don’t know if he hit him or it was just a warning shot,” the caller said. “But he came outside and was stabbing her outside. She has babies. She has kids.”
Then police arrive, and she hangs up.
Another caller, who said she did not see the incident, described hearing screams and said her husband went outside.
“And there was two gunshots and he said multiple stab wounds,” the caller tells a dispatcher.
The caller said her husband was tending to the victim. The dispatcher asks to speak to caller’s husband to find out what happened. When the caller gave the phone to her husband, he wouldn’t engage in a conversation. “I can’t tell you what happened right now. I have a woman that has multiple stab wounds on her body. I’m trying to provide help the best as I can,” the man said.
Then he hangs up.
Another caller said he woke up to the gunshots.
“I heard two pops, which sounded like a .22, and a lot of screaming,” the caller tells the dispatcher. “I just woke up out of a dead sleep. I heard two shots.”
Another caller said he heard three gunshots and a man dash in front his window yelling. But he did not see what the man looked like.
History of assaulting women
Randolph Davidson had a history of domestic violence incidents, including multiple convictions for assault on a female.
It is unclear whether Harris was involved in any of the incidents Davidson was convicted for. But police do believe the two were in a “personal” relationship.
Davidson has been convicted of assault on a female at least twice, and has been charged two more times. However, the latter two charges were dismissed without leave. Davidson was convicted on drug charges in 2003. He was also convicted in 2006 for drunken driving. And in 2008, he was convicted for simple assault and driving with a revoked license.
Before his death he had one case that was still pending in court.
Residents of the apartment complex in the 1800 block of Spring Drive and a property manager say the incident was uncharacteristic of the neighborhood. Garner Magnet High School, which is undergoing renovations, is across the street.
“This is a quiet neighborhood,” Tina Grabus, senior vice president for Tar Heel Management Company, said. “You don’t expect this to happen here. It’s tragic for her and her family and we are certainly thinking about her.”
The case remains under investigation.