Lexington kidnapping suspect found dead from self-inflicted gunshot

Posted on: 7:47 am, July 8, 2013, by , updated on: 01:28pm, July 8, 2013

Erik William Lehr (Photo provided by Lexington Police)

Erik William Lehr (Photo provided by Lexington Police)

LEXINGTON, N.C. — Lexington police say a kidnapping suspect who was described as “armed and dangerous” was found dead Monday morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers were searching for 32-year-old Erik William Lehr Monday morning near the Lexington Business Park off Business I-85 near the Linwood exit.

Police said Lehr was wanted for kidnapping, but the victim was not with the suspect at the time officers were searching for him.  He was described as armed and dangerous before he was found dead.

Shortly after 8 a.m., police said Lehr had been “captured.” Maj. Mark Sink with the Lexington Police Department later clarified, saying Lehr had shot himself inside a storage shed behind a convenience store at 363 Hargrave Road.

According to police, the incident began shortly after 12:30 a.m. when officers responded to a disturbance at 130 Lexington Parkway.  When an officer arrived, police say the officer found a woman who said she had been kidnapped by Lehr in High Point and was brought to the location.  Lehr ran away as the officer arrived, police said.

Capt. Mike Kirk with the High Point Police Department says the victim was Lehr’s former girlfriend.  Investigators believe the kidnapping incident may have been the partial result of a break-up, Kirk said.

Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers assisted police during the search.