Wake County

August 20, 2014

Wake deputies probe woman’s gunshot death as possible homicide

Wake County sheriff's deputies are investigating the possibility of homicide in a death Sunday night that they were told was a suicide.

Wake County sheriff's deputies are investigating the possibility that a death Sunday night that they were told was a suicide was actually a homicide.

A deputy found a woman, Tanya Strickland, 41, with a gunshot wound to her head in her mobile home at 6017 Briarwood Drive about 10:45 p.m. after being sent to a report of a shooting.

She was taken to WakeMed, where she died, officials said.

Applying for a search warrant for the home Monday, Investigator S.T. Matthews told Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood that the deputy found Strickland’s boyfriend at the trailer and that he said she had shot herself.

On Monday, the office of the chief state medical examiner told investigators that Strickland’s bullet wound appeared “suspicious and not usual for a self-inflicted wound.”

Then, investigators got information from a friend of Strickland’s who said that the woman had reported getting a text message from her boyfriend threatening to shoot her to death.

On Sunday night, investigators found a handgun and took it and a hard-cover notebook as evidence, according to a search warrant issued by a magistrate shortly after they found Strickland.

With the warrant that Matthews got from the judge Monday, he also took two handwritten notes, a plastic storage bag with various kinds of bullets in it and a time card with a man’s name on it.

Both warrants were returned to the Wake County Court Clerk’s office Tuesday.

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