Lincolnton police: Estranged husband killed wife before he died in shootout

Lincolnton police have provided details about an estranged husband who killed his wife before he died in a shootout with officers early Friday.

According to police, Anthony Ray Osburn, 40, of Lincolnton admitted to shooting his 39-year-old wife, Tara Lynn Osburn on Thursday.

A delivery driver discovered Tara Osburn’s body at the side door of her residence at 876 Salem Church Road, just east of Lincolnton, authorities said.

Witnesses reported seeing a gray pickup truck parked behind the house earlier in the day, and authorities learned from a family member that Anthony Osburn drove a similar vehicle.

When detectives went to interview Osburn in connection with the case they spotted him in a gray pickup circling an apartment complex north of Lincolnton.

The detectives requested a marked patrol car to assist because they believed Osburn might try to flee, authorities said.

As a marked car got behind the pickup it pulled into a parking place. When the officer asked Osburn to show his hands he pulled a semi-automatic handgun and fired at the officer, authorities said.

No one was injured.

Osburn ran into the Lantern Ridge Apartments where he lived. The apartment complex was evacuated.

After a SWAT team was called in negotiations began with Osburn to get him to surrender.

Authorities said Osburn stood on a porch with part of his body obscured by the door frame, but they were able to see he held a semi-automatic handgun in his left hand.

During the negotiations, which lasted for more than two hours, authorities said Osburn admitted to shooting his wife.

At one point, officers said Osburn refused to negotiate any longer and told them “give me five minutes and you can come in and get my dead body.”

He then went back into the apartment.

The SWAT team fired tear gas into the residence and authorities said Osburn fired at officers from a window.

Around 12:30 a.m. Friday, authorities said Osburn left the residence and gunshots were exchanged again with officers.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The SBI has been called into the investigation, as is policy in officer-involved shootings. Staff writer Steve Lyttle contributed