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911 calls reveal some details in Cumberland Co. shootout

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Three people were killed and a deputy was seriously injured in a shootout Wednesday in Cumberland County. Three people were killed and a deputy was seriously injured in a shootout Wednesday in Cumberland County.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

Emergency phone calls to 911 reveal some of the details surrounding a shooting in Cumberland County Wednesday that left three people dead and a deputy seriously injured.

Andrew Jay Michaelis shot approximately 90 rounds at the home of his wife’s parents Wednesday morning, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Michaelis’ father-in-law Gary Simpson, 61, was shot and killed. Simpson’s grandson - Michaelis’ nephew - Trekwan Covington, 10, was also killed in the gunfire. Simpson and Covington were two of seven people inside the home on New Moon Drive. Michaelis’ wife Valerie had gone there after an incident earlier in the morning at the home she shared with Michaelis and their 13-year-old son.

Valerie Michaelis called 911 after getting to her parents’ home, before her husband arrived outside and started shooting.

“My husband just put a gun to my head and tried to stab me, and I just need to press charges,” Valerie told a 911 dispatcher.

“We’re separating, and this morning we were getting ready, and I turned around. He called my name, and I turned around, and he had his rifle to my head and was trying to force me upstairs, but I took a self-defense class and got the rifle away from him, and then he pulled his knife out and tried to choke me and put the knife to my throat and to my head as I was fighting trying to get the knife from him. He was trying to make me go upstairs, and he was trying to tie my arms together, and he kept saying if I {inaudible} he was going to kill my son when he came home.”

The Sheriff’s Office said Jay Michaelis fired 30 rounds at the house when he arrived, emptying is rifle’s magazine. Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler said Michaelis left and return twice, each time emptying another 30-round magazine. During his first visit he shot Simpson and Covington, the Sheriff said.

“Please hurry. Send the ambulance, please,” cried Simpson’s wife Barbara in a 911 call. “My son-in-law just killed my grandson and shot my husband.”

“He shot them?” asked a dispatcher. “Yes, and my grandson is dead,” Mrs. Simpson replied.

Deputy Joshua LaFave was inside the Simpson home by the time Michaelis arrived to shoot at the home the third time. A bullet hit LaFave in the shoulder area where his protective vest was not covering his body. LaFave underwent surgery and has been at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center since Wednesday.

Three other deputies also received minor injuries during the shooting and subsequent pursuit of Michaelis that ended in a shootout in a nearby wooded area.

Michaelis died in the shootout with deputies, but it was not immediately clear if she shot himself or was killed by a deputy who fired back at him.

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