Family visited sheriff’s office hours before horrific murder-suicide

A North Carolina family visited a sheriff’s office hours before the father murdered his girlfriend and their two young kids, then torched their house and killed himself, authorities say.

Aschod Ewing-Meeks, 26, went to the Davie County Sheriff’s Office with his family April 18 and asked to speak with a deputy but didn’t make it past the reception desk, officials said.

About two hours later, he fatally shot girlfriend Ashton Brown, 26, and their children, 4-year-old Bella and 8-month-old Brixx, Sheriff JD Hartman at a press briefing last week.

The dad then set fire to the house and turned the gun on himself, the sheriff said.

Hartman said the couple had their kids with them when they entered the local sheriff’s office around 12:11 p.m. and asked to speak to a deputy.

“They were very vague about what they wanted,” Hartman said of Ewing-Meek and Brown.

The receptionist asked for their contact information and was allegedly given an address belonging to Brown’s parents. The family walked out after 4 minutes without seeing an officer, Fox 8 reported. It’s unclear why they left.

At 12:35 p.m., Brown then called 911 apparently from inside a car and asked to speak with an officer about unspecified safety concerns, authorities said.

About 10 minutes later, an officer called Brown back and briefly spoke to her before the call dropped or was ended, the sheriff said. Brown had told the officer she was calling for her boyfriend and handed the phone to Ewing-Meeks, according to the department’s timeline.

At about 2 p.m., a neighbor saw the couple arguing in front of their home. Fifteen minutes later, firefighters were called to the house amid reports that it was on fire.

After the fire was extinguished, they recovered the bodies inside the home. The sheriff said it was one of the worst crimes he had seen in his career.

 

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