Man fatally shot at Selma motel, apparent domestic dispute

Selma Police are investigating what appears to be a domestic shooting that happened early Tuesday morning at the Master’s Inn motel in which a man was killed.

The shooting happened at 3:30 a.m. at the motel located at 318 U.S. Highway 70 East, inside Room 133. A couple was staying in the room. The man was killed; the woman suffered a non-life threatening wrist wound.

She was transported to WakeMed where Police Chief Richard Cooper said detectives were questioning her.

Police had been called to motel earlier in the morning regarding a verbal altercation involving the couple.

The police haven’t released their names but Cooper confirmed that neither person was from Selma.

Cooper confirmed that it appeared to be a domestic incident and that alcohol was involved.

Ken Forbes, a maintenance and security employee at the motel,  said that before the shooting the man came to the front desk, said his gun was missing and that he thought his girlfriend had taken it.

Cooper said Johnston County Medical Examiner Jason Thompson was on the scene and that the man’s body would likely be transported to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

No names have been released and no motive has been given for the shooting.

Cooper said this is an ongoing investigation.

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