NEW INFO: Elderly couple in Greenville murder-suicide identified

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Police say an elderly husband shot and killed his wife before shooting himself.

An autopsy is being done on the bodies of Lloyd Hardee and his wife, Sybil. The husband was 82-years-old, while the wife was 78.

The couple had been married for nearly 60 years.

A family friend says Sybil Hardee was facing some tough medical issues and was preparing for heart surgery next week. Melonie Bryan says Lloyd Hardee, who retired from the U.S. Postal Service, loved his wife.

Greenville police were called to their South Warren Street home around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after a report of a domestic shooting.

When police first arrived, they could not make contact with anyone inside the home.

The police department's Emergency Response Team used a robot to go up to the home before officers went inside.

The neighborhood was blocked off for several hours as a precaution.

Police say there is no evidence to indicate anyone else was involved in the deaths.


Family Statement

The couple had been married for nearly 60 years and there was nothing but love in their household. Sybil Hardee was facing some tough medical issues and was preparing for heart surgery next week. Mr. Hardee, who retired from the postal service 30 years ago, loved his wife. The family is in shock over their deaths.

-Melonie Bryan, family friend


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Police say an elderly couple died in an afternoon shooting in Greenville and it's being investigated as a possible murder-suicide.

Officers were called to the home on South Warren Street shortly after 12:30 p.m. for reports of a domestic shooting.

Chief Mark Holtzman says it appears the deaths were the results of a murder-suicide. He said it appears they were husband and wife.

When police first arrived, they could not make contact with anyone inside the home.

The police department's Emergency Response Team used a robot to go up to the home before officers went inside.

Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb and Sheriff Neil Elks were also at the scene.

Names of the victims have yet to be released.


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A Greenville neighborhood was blocked off by police after there were reports of a shooting.

The police Emergency Response Team arrived on scene and around 1:40 p.m. police said there was no ongoing threat to the community.

Police and fire/rescue crews were sent to the 100 block of South Warren Street around 12:40 p.m.for a domestic dispute with reports of shots fired.

A police spokeswoman says officers were not able to make contact with anybody inside the home and they had expanded their perimeter.

First Street has since reopened, while Warren Street, between 1st and 3rd streets, remains closed.

Just after 2:00 p.m. police said the scene was secure and that Chief Mark Holtzman will be briefing the media shortly.

Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb is also at the scene.