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Police: Lincolnton man shot wife in head

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A Lincolnton man is in jail on a murder charge for allegedly shooting his wife in the head. Police were alerted to the homicide Saturday at 12:30 p.m. when 54-year-old Terry Lee White called 911 and threatened to commit suicide.

He told dispatchers that he had just killed his wife, according to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to White’s home at 1243 Rosehill Drive and found him armed with a gun.

Police had to use a stun gun to bring him under control. They found his wife in the house with a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Authorities identified the wife as 39-year-old Ruby Elizabeth White.

Her husband in custody at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and is being held without bond.

Court records show Terry Lee White was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon in 1988 after an altercation with a Bessemer City man. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and two years of probation in the case, according to court documents

A year later, White was arrested on another assault with a deadly weapon charge and a charge of assaulting a female, records show.

The outcome of those cases was not clear.

This is the first homicide Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies have responded to so far this year.

Terry Lee White’s first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

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