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Police: Charlotte woman found in house fire died after assault

One person died in a house fire Tuesday morning in the 12000 block of Harpley Court, off Harrisburg Road and Interstate 485 in east Charlotte. Another person was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life threatening injuries, Medic reported.
One person died in a house fire Tuesday morning in the 12000 block of Harpley Court, off Harrisburg Road and Interstate 485 in east Charlotte. Another person was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life threatening injuries, Medic reported.

A woman died Tuesday morning after a man she was in a relationship with kicked in the front door of her east Charlotte home, assaulted her and then set the house on fire, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

The man also died, after Medic took him to Carolinas Medical Center-University with injuries, police said.

The woman’s daughters, ages 21 and 8, escaped and called 911, police said.

Police identified the woman as Tamika McClelland, 39, and the man as Halim Stovall, also 39.

Public records show both McClelland and Stovall were from Erie, Pa.

Police haven’t said how they believe McClelland and Stovall died but that they were treating McClelland’s death as a homicide.

The home is in the 12100 block of Harpley Court, off Harrisburg Road and Interstate 485.

Charlotte firefighters arrived at the home shortly after 7 a.m. and removed the man and the woman. Medic pronounced McClelland dead at the scene and took Stovall to the hospital.

Police said the home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

Police said they were speaking with the daughters and canvassing the neighborhood for other witnesses.

According to police records, there were four calls to 911 Tuesday morning from the home, reported WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.

Investigators say someone called 911 at 4:05 a.m. to report a suspicious person, WBTV said, and 14 minutes later, there was a domestic violence call from the home.

According to police, there was a hang up to 911 at 7:06 a.m. and three minutes later a fourth call asking firefighters for help, WBTV reported.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call 704-432-TIPS (8477) and speak with a homicide detective or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Staff researcher Maria David and reporter Adam Bell contributed.

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