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Two deaths occurred in Shook Lane home

This home on Shook Lane is where a man and woman were found dead on Monday, January 25, in what is believed to be a murder-suicide.

(Updated Jan. 26, 11:08 a.m.)      

Investigation underway in Shook Lane death

Alexander County Sheriff’s officers are investigating the discovery of two people found dead in a home southwest of Taylorsville.

According to Sheriff Chris Bowman, Alexander County 911 Communications received a call Monday morning, January 25, to request that officers check on the welfare of a man at a residence on Shook Lane. Bowman said the man’s mother had made the request about 11:15 a.m. Monday because he had not reported to work.

The Sheriff said that officers arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. Soon, family members also arrived at the home, located near the end of Shook Lane, to assist.

Investigators found two residents inside the house. A man and a woman, both of middle age, were deceased and were found to have gunshot wounds.

UPDATE: The pair were described as in a relationship. The man was identified as Chuck Smith and the woman's name is Heddy Blankenship.

Bowman said the woman had been shot in the head and then it appeared the man had turned the gun on himself.

There were signs that an argument had occurred inside the home, said the Sheriff, including broken glass, sofa pillows, and soda bottles strewn on the floor.

Fortunately, Blankenship’s 11 year-old son was visiting his biological father at the time and was not at the scene when the shooting deaths occurred.

Bowman said the investigation is ongoing and the deaths are being handled as homicides to make sure all details are gleaned from the scene.


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