Wake County sheriff’s deputies found 45 guns in a home near Apex after a mother and daughter were found dead there on Jan. 9, according to a search warrant.
Deputies also found a spent 9 mm shell casing near a bed, according to the search warrant returned to the Wake County Court Clerk’s office Tuesday.
Melissa Mitchell McClain, 44, and her daughter, Ashley Nicole Fite, 17, were found dead inside the house at 7628 Humie Olive Road when deputies arrived, Sgt. W.L. Adams said in requesting the search warrant about three hours after a call to 911 sent authorities to the home.
That call, made about 12:45 a.m., was from a man, not identified in the warrant application, who told an operator that he had received a call from a friend who had received a call from Lemuel Gabriel Miller saying he had shot his girlfriend five minutes earlier.
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The third-hand report proved accurate, and deputies considered Miller a suspect until he was found dead in his car in Harnett County later that morning, killed by an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The first deputies who arrived at the one-story, single-family house saw a woman lying in a pool of blood when they looked through a front window, Adams wrote.
Inside, they found the woman plus a second woman dead in a bedroom.
Thirty-seven of the 45 weapons were handguns, ranging from .22 caliber to .45 caliber and including semiautomatic pistols and revolvers from several manufacturers, including Colt, Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Glock and Taurus.
There were five shotguns and three rifles in the collection, according to an inventory of seized items.
Some of the guns were found in safes in a bedroom and the living room, according to the inventory.
Deputies also took two cellphones and a purse “belonging to Melissa Mitchell,” they wrote.