Police are investigating the shooting death of man Monday morning during an argument with his girlfriend.
A woman told police that her boyfriend whom she was breaking up with showed up at her home early Monday armed with two handguns. She told a 911 dispatcher that the man pistol-whipped her with one of the guns and that the second one went off during an ensuing struggle between the couple.
The man, Sean Fitzsimmons Guess, 37, was struck by the gunfire and died on the steps of the woman’s home in the 2600 block of Ashland Street near Oberlin Road, police said.
Investigators have not made an arrest.
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The woman, whose name has not been released, was gasping for breath and sobbing when she called 911 about 5:15 a.m. to report that her boyfriend had tried to kill her and managed to shoot himself, according to a recording made public by the Raleigh Police Department.
The woman said the man had tried to force her into the car after beating her in the head with a gun that he had pulled out. She told the dispatcher she was covered in blood from the beating.
When the dispatcher asked what happened that led to the shooting, the woman said that she had filed a police report earlier Monday with an “Officer Brown,” because Guess had vandalized her car, according to the 911 recording.
The woman said she and Guess were breaking up. She said the two of them had switched cars earlier and he was returning with her car to retrieve his things from the home, according to the 911 recording.
The woman said she went outside, and Guess pulled out a gun and ordered her to get into the car. The two struggled, and Guess was beating her with one handgun and pulled out a second one that went off and hit him.
“There are two of them out there,” the woman told an officer who arrived and asked about guns. “He pulled two of them on me.”
The woman had called the police hours before the shooting, at 12:39 a.m., to report that someone had gone under the hood of her car and pulled the spark-plug wires, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue.
The vandalism had occurred in a restaurant parking lot on Glenwood Avenue, Sughrue said. The woman also told police she suspected her boyfriend, whom she briefly saw in vicinity, was responsible for the damage to her car, he said.
The woman also asked the police to check on the welfare of her mother who reportedly heard noises around her home, Sughrue said.
Police are continuing their investigation.