Police say woman killed in officer-involved shooting had handgun


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.

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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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