Teacher shot following domestic incident still listed in critical condition

Posted on: 9:56 am, September 3, 2013, by , updated on: 10:31am, September 3, 2013

Laurissa Armstrong, 62

Laurissa Armstrong, 62

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A teacher that was shot last week following a domestic incident is still listed in critical condition as of Tuesday morning.

Last Thursday around 7:45 a.m., police said a man shot his wife following an apparent domestic incident outside the Steeplechase Apartment complex at 1404 Adams Farm Parkway.

Laurissa Armstrong, 62, was found in the parking lot suffering from “multiple gunshot wounds.”

As of Tuesday morning, Armstrong is still listed in critical condition at Moses Cone Hospital, according to Greensboro police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen.

“Our thoughts are with her and her family,” Danielsen said.

Laurrissa Armstrong has worked for Guilford County Schools since 1996, according to Nora Carr, the district’s chief of staff. She has been a career and technical education teacher at Welborn Academy of Science and Technology in High Point since 1999.

Police on the scene of shooting at Steeplechase Apartments complex at 1404 Adams Farm Parkway (WGHP)

Police on the scene of shooting at Steeplechase Apartments complex at 1404 Adams Farm Parkway (WGHP)

Nearly three hours after Laurissa Armstrong was found shot, officers responded to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store near Wendover Avenue and Stanley Road following an incident in the parking lot.

The victim’s husband, Bruce Ray Armstrong, 61, was found unresponsive in a rented silver Nissan. He was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not released Armstrong’s cause of death.

According to court documents and letters obtained by FOX8, Laurissa Armstrong attempted to file a domestic violence protective order against her husband on July 29. Guilford County District Court Judge Linda Falls ruled on Aug. 7 “the plaintiff (Laurissa Armstrong) has failed to prove grounds for issuance of a domestic protective order.”

Incident at the Lowe's Home Improvement Store near Stanley Road in Greensboro (WGHP)

Incident at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store near Stanley Road in Greensboro (WGHP)

In a letter that was a part of the initial domestic violence protective order hearing, Laurissa Armstrong said her husband showed up at her apartment on June 30.

“I was afraid to let him in, so I talked to him through the door… he has hit and jacked me up in the past, so I feared allowing him into my residence,” Laurissa Armstrong wrote.

Laurissa Armstrong said her tires were slashed on July 21 and the screen on her patio was cut.

“I noticed Bruce slowly driving through the parking lot. His behavior was escalating.”

In a letter to the court that was also part of the Aug. 7 hearing, Bruce Ray Armstrong wrote:

“I have not intentionally harassed the plaintiff and do not intend to do so… I have sent text messages and emails asking her to forgive me and telling her I still love her, but I stopped when she asked me to not contact her anymore,” he wrote.

“I am not a violent person. I did hit the plaintiff and slapped her 30 years ago during a stupid argument… I did grab her by the collar 15-17 years ago, again during a stupid argument over money. Always money.”

He continued:

“Every time my son hears about the new male friend or finds out he’s at their mother’s house, they get upset and I have to calm them down before more issues result.”

Police are still interviewing witnesses. No motive has been established.