SC 'Serial Killer' May Be Dead: NC Cops

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2009 3:31 PM CDT
The Tyler Home Center in Gaffney, S.C., where Stephen Tyler and his daughter were shot and killed.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – North Carolina police have shot and killed a man who may have been the shooter responsible for five deaths in a nearby South Carolina town, the Gaffney Ledger reports. Members of the 100-member task force combing through Cherokee County, SC, visited the crime scene in neighboring Gaston County, NC. “We saw evidence they needed to know about,” a Gaston cop tells CNN.

Gaston police responding to a robbery found a house occupied by two residents and an “acquaintance.” The man first provided false identification, and a real ID revealed an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The man then pulled a gun and fired on police, who returned fire and killed him. One officer was injured but has been released from the hospital. A car outside the home matches the description of the car used by the Gaffney killer.