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Suspect dies in Dobson double shooting

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SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — More details were released Friday about a deadly double shooting that took place Thursday night in Dobson.

Sheriff Graham Atkinson said deputies responded to a call for help at 641 Cave Road shortly after 8:30 p.m.

When deputies knocked on the door of the home, Atkinson said the suspect, a 53-year-old man, answered “Be with you in a minute,” but did not let them inside.

Atkinson said a deputy then looked through a window and saw the man, who was holding a .38-caliber handgun in front of a bed where the victim, 62-year-old Margaret Coe Dixon, was sitting.

Deputies continued to try talking with the suspect until the lights in the home suddenly went dark, Atkinson said.

Immediately afterward, Dixon’s son ran out of the home and was “secured by deputies,” Atkinson said.

Moments after Dixon’s son ran outside, Atkinson said two gunshots were heard.

Deputies immediately entered the home, where they found Dixon and the suspect — each with a single gunshot wound to the head.

Dixon and the suspect were both airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where Atkinson said the suspect was pronounced dead shortly after 10:30 p.m.

Dixon’s condition as of Friday afternoon was not known.

The 53-year-old suspect has not been publicly identified as deputies are still notifying family members, but Atkinson said he and Dixon lived in the home together.

Few other details have been released about the ongoing investigation, but Atkinson said detectives are looking into a possibility that the shooting was the result of an argument that began at another home earlier that evening.

Previous coverage: Life flights called to scene of double shooting in Surry County

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