Fayetteville, N.C. — Two young boys saw their mother being stabbed Wednesday night in Fayetteville, police said, before jumping out of a window and running to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
Neighbors said the dead woman is Amanda Williams. Her sons told police that her boyfriend stabbed her.
“The child jumped out a window probably about 5 to 6 feet off the ground and ran to a neighbors house to call 911,” said Interim Police Chief Anthony Kelly. “Listening to that 911 call, it is tragic,”
When police arrived at the home in the 800 block of Bedrock Drive, they got another 911 call. This time, a man was telling a dispatcher that he had killed someone.
Once inside, they found Mark A. Hicks, 31, holding a knife, standing over a woman who was lying in a pool of blood, Kelly said.
Officers ordered Hicks to drop his weapon, but he did not comply. Officers then made an ineffective attempt to shock Hicks with a Taser before moving in to handcuff him, at which point he lunged at officers with the knife in hand, Kelly said.
An officer fired his weapon and Hicks was killed, Kelly said.
Hicks’ criminal record shows a history of violence, drug possession and theft of both vehicles and firearms. His most recent prison term lasted almost 8 years and ended in August 2015.
Hicks’ grandmother, Louise Hicks, said her grandson likely acted in self-defense and pointed the finger at Williams.
“He wasn’t no violent person, but she was violent,” Louise Hicks said of Willams. “She’d pull a knife on a person in a minute.”
Kelly described footage captured by police body cameras as “graphic,” and said some of those images would be released to the public after a review.
The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident, as is standard with any officer-involved shooting. Kelly said five officers were on the scene but it was not immediately clear how many shots were fired or how many officers fired their weapon.
Police planned another update for Thursday afternoon.
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