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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 21-year-old woman is dead after police responded to a domestic dispute in Wilmington overnight.

When officers arrived at 700 block of Tabor Lane around 1 a.m. they say Grace Louise Denk was sitting in her car with a handgun.

Denk’s ex-boyfriend called 911 saying she’d been drinking and they’d gotten into a fight. He says she stormed out and drove off, and when she started threatening to commit suicide, he called police.

“It’s my ex-girlfriend now,” he told an operator. “She ran out of the house. I think she’s going to kill herself.”

Witnesses say after they heard officers screaming at Denk to put her hands up one broke her back window and fired. Records show officers were on the scene for two minutes before that.

Denk was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Two officers involved are paid leave. The SBI is investigating.

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90 Comments on "Police say woman killed in officer-involved shooting had handgun"

2015 years 9 months ago

She had a gun and pointed it at the officers thus the response for deadly force. You people are so quick to judge the officers during the execution of their duties yet none of you know what it’s like. Learn all the facts and wait for the report before you start making your stupid comments and remarks. Get off your high horses and jump off the bandwagon.

Ed Earl
2015 years 9 months ago

I hate that anyone has to die, but some people bring death to their own door! I hope the Police are truly justified in this shooting, meaning the woman had a gun! If not, then the Officer should face prosecution…

2015 years 9 months ago

I believe the police were at fault once again. To be called to a scene to merely help calm the situation and this is what happens. No matter what type of weapon this woman had, there is simply no excuse. To calm a mentally disrupted person you have to talk to them first not just go ahead and make the decision to shoot them. This was a 22 year old female and the multiple male cops who were called to the scene couldn’t handle the situation without having to end a life!? None the less to say 2-3 shots were fired within standing range. What is wrong with Wilmington police. Shame on you all for killing the lives of not only one, but now several young people in the surrounding area.

2015 years 9 months ago

And you wonder why people don’t rely on cops or trust them,shmm.

2015 years 9 months ago

Sounds like you should be a cop since you can do the job better. I bet you could make a big difference in the community. I mean how long should the cops wait to calm the situation down. What if while you are calming her down she kills you or someone else. Yeah great plan you got. Sometimes action must be taken to perserve the life of others.


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