A 63-year-old Charlotte-Mecklenburg teacher, who was under investigation after being charged with sex offenses against a student, was found dead in her home Wednesday morning, authorities said.
Emma Ogle and her husband Michael Ogle, 59, died in Huntersville less than a week after Emma Ogle was criminally charged. Huntersville Police Department officials say the deaths are still under investigation.
Someone called police about a “barricaded subject” with a gun in the home around 8 a.m., officials say. Before that, Michael Ogle had not reported to work as usual. Police were notified after a family member found Michael Ogle dead inside his home and called 911, telling authorities Emma Ogle was also inside holding a gun, Huntersville Police Office Odette Saglimbeni said at a news conference.
Huntersville police and fire department personnel, as well crisis negotiators, Mecklenburg Medic and the North Mecklenburg SWAT team, were involved. The home is located on Hambright Road.
“After failed attempts to make contact with Emma Ogle, at approximately 9:51 a.m., members of the North Mecklenburg Regional SWAT Team approached the residence and made entry,” Huntersville Police said in a statement.
When the SWAT team entered the home, they found Emma Ogle dead, officials said. Both husband and wife were killed by gunshot wounds, police said.
Emma Ogle taught at Garinger High School in Charlotte. She was arrested Oct. 31 on charges of crime against nature, indecent liberties with a student and engaging in a sex act with a student, Mecklenburg County jail records show. She was released on $10,000 bail.
Ogle was suspended from the school the day after her arrest, Observer news partner WBTV previously reported.
Public records show Emma Ogle was a technical education teacher specializing in health. She also was a licensed nurse with the state of North Carolina.
Michael Ogle was president of Ogle’s Hardwood Flooring on Old Statesville Road in Huntersville, according to the company’s website, ogleshardwoodflooring.com. He started the family-run business in 1996. Emma Ogle was vice president, according to the company’s incorporation filing with the N.C. Secretary of State. No one with the company could be reached Wednesday.
Saglimbeni said police were still investigating whether Emma Ogle fatally shot her husband before turning the gun on herself.
In a statement, CMS officials said they were “aware of a tragic situation involving an employee that occurred off campus and did not involve any student. Nothing is more important than the well-being of our students and staff. Social and emotional supports have been deployed for those affected in our district. Supports will continue to be available for any students or staff who needs them.”
Wednesday morning’s incident led to nearby Lake Norman Charter Elementary School being placed on lockdown and Hambright Road being closed.