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KILLING SPREE ENDS WITH SUSPECT’S DEATH

by Jeff Sykes

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KILLING SPREE ENDS WITH SUSPECT’S DEATH

A man shot two women and brutally attacked a third with a crow bar in Greensboro on Monday. Police said that Menice Montell Smith of Browns Summit attacked a postal worker just after 5 a.m. The 52-year old woman was arriving to work at the post office on Yanceyville Street when Smith attacked her. As police responded to that incident information developed that Smith may have already killed two people. Police broadcast a regional lookout for him after finding another postal worker dead in her home and her white Mercedes missing.

A Guilford County sheriff’s deputy spotted the car on South Elm-Eugene Street and gave chase, but Smith shot himself after police rammed the car into the median. A friend of Smith’s contacted police and said Smith had called and confessed to shooting two people and attacking a third. He was believed to be romantically involved with one of the women killed, but the motives for the other attacks remained unclear to police.

WINSTON-SALEM OFFICER STRUCK BY GUNSHOT

One of three police officers in Winston-Salem responding to a domestic violence call over the weekend was shot in the left arm. Police say that Carmelo Santiago- Oliva had a dispute with his wife and police were called to their apartment on Anson Street. Officers were held at bay outside the apartment after asking the occupants to open the door. Then, police say, Santiago-Oliva fired four shots through the closed front door of the apartment. Barnes was struck in the left bicep. After he was removed from the scene, officers waited another 10 minutes before the suspect surrendered to police.

It was determined that the suspect had assaulted his wife and fired the gun through a window before officers arrived.

Oliva-Santiago was held with no bond allowed after being charged with two counts of felony assault and assault on a female. Officer Barnes, an employee of the department since 2011, was listed in stable condition at Baptist Medical Center. !

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