WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 62-year-old man in North Carolina intentionally crashed his car into a restaurant where his family was having lunch on Sunday.
- Authorities said Roger Self killed his daughter and his daughter-in-law while several others were injured.
- The incident happened in Bessemer City, outside of Charlotte, just after noon.
Roger Self was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after killing two people on Sunday. Detained at Gaston County Jail, Self was scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.
According to officials, Self intentionally drove his Jeep into a restaurant where his family was eating at the Surf and Turf Lodge. Katelyn Self, his daughter, was killed in the crash.
Katelyn was a deputy at the Gaston County jail who was off-duty at the time of the killing. She had worked at the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office for four years, the Sheriff’s office said.
“Our hearts are broken and we ask for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, not only for Katelyn’s family and friends, but also her brothers and sisters in uniform,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
The other person who died was Amanda Self, the suspect’s daughter-in-law. Amanda worked in the emergency department at CaroMont Regional Medical Center as a nurse manager.
“She will be remembered by her colleagues as an exceptional nurse, respected leader and caring friend,” CaroMont Health wrote on Facebook.
“Tragic, tragic loss of life. I’m asking people just to keep the family in your prayers, and the sheriff’s office, because we’re suffering right now,” Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger said.
Austin Rammell, the pastor at Venture Church, told WSOC that Roger Self had been suffering with mental illness and had sought medical help in the past months.
“This was not a conscious act by their father and they know that,” the pastor said.
Melissa McMahan, the owner of the restaurant, also wrote on Facebook, reporting that no staff members were harmed.
“We will support and remember this precious family. We will rebuild. We will forever be changed,” McMahan wrote.
Roger Self is a former police officer. His wife Diane, and son Josh, a police officer, were critically injured in the incident.