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Police: Man Killed In Western Carolina Shootout First Shot Wife

Lincolnton police say the man they killed during a shootout admitted during a two-hour standoff that he fatally shot his estranged wife hours earlier.

Police say 40-year-old Anthony Ray Osburn of Lincolnton was killed in a blaze of gunfire early Friday. Authorities say he admitted to shooting 39-year-old Tara Lynn Osburn during negotiations for his surrender.

After a delivery driver discovered the woman's body outside a home east of Lincolnton on Thursday, an officer who stopped Osburn's pickup in the apartment complex where he lived reported being fired on.

A SWAT team eventually fired tear gas into his apartment. Authorities say Osburn walked out and again traded gunshots with officers. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The SBI is investigating according to policy in officer-involved shootings.


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