Morganton man shoots wife, kills self (U.S.)

Posted on July 22, 2012



MORGANTON, N.C. – The Burke County Sheriff’s Office says a husband shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself early Sunday morning.

Around 4:14 a.m. officials said they received a phone call from Jackie Clemens who said he’d accidentally shot his wife.

When deputies arrived to the couple’s home on Hallyburton Road, they found Irene Clemens dead on the scene.

Deputies later found Jackie walking from Timmerill Drive with a shotgun in his hand.  Deputies say they repeatedly asked Jackie to drop the weapon when he turned the gun on himself.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was contacted to assist in the investigation.