Teacher shot, husband dead after apparent domestic incident

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police say a man is dead and a woman is listed in critical condition after an apparent domestic violence incident early Thursday outside a Greensboro apartment complex.

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)

Police received multiple 911 calls shortly after 7:45 a.m. concerning gunshots being fired outside the Steeplechase Apartments complex at 1404 Adams Farm Parkway.

When officers arrived, they found Laurissa Armstrong, 62, in the parking lot suffering from “multiple gunshot wounds.”

She was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where she is listed in critical condition.

“She is in very critical condition but still alive,” Chief Ken Miller said.

Around 10:30 a.m., 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 said they believe Mr. Armstrong shot Mrs. Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong’s cause of death is unknown at this time.

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

While police described the shooting as a “domestic violence incident,” they did not identify Armstrong as the suspect in the shooting.

Preliminary investigation indicates the couple was no longer living together.

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.

“She makes us laugh,” said student Joydan Stover. “If you needed help, she’d help you.”

Students say they were only told Armstrong was seriously injured, but knew something more had happened after seeing other teachers in tears.

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.”

Laurissa Armstrong (Credit: Guilford County Schools)
Laurissa Armstrong (Credit: Guilford County Schools)

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.

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