MORGANTON -- Burke County deputies say a man turned a gun on himself Sunday morning after apparently fatally shooting his wife.
The sheriffs office identifies the victims as Jackie Clemmens, 43, and his wife, Irene, 39. They lived on Hallyburton Road, off N.C. 18 between Morganton and Lenoir.
Authorities say they received a 911 call about 4 a.m. Sunday from a man, using a pay phone at a convenience store. The man told authorities he had shot his wife accidentally.
Deputies arrived at the couples home and found Irene Clemmens dead of a gunshot wound. Jackie Clemmens was nowhere to be found, and deputies began searching for him. He was spotted shortly before 7 a.m. on a nearby road, carrying a shotgun. Deputies say that when they asked Clemmens to put the gun down, he shot and killed himself instead.