Warrants reveal details in shooting death of young boys in Iredell County

This photo was posted on Shawn Fuller’s Facebook page. A neighbor identified them as Fuller, his wife and sons.
This photo was posted on Shawn Fuller’s Facebook page. A neighbor identified them as Fuller, his wife and sons. Facebook

Search warrants obtained Friday revealed new details as to what might have happened Aug. 9 when deputies say a father shot his two young sons to death, then turned the gun on himself.

Shawn Fuller died in the hospital on Thursday.

According to the search warrants, Shawn Fuller’s brother, Stephen Fuller, called 911 at 3:37 a.m. to report that his brother Shawn and Shawn’s wife, Bianca, were having a fight at their home in the 100 block of Trent Road near Statesville.

When deputies arrived at 3:43 a.m., they found Bianca Fuller walking up the road. She told the deputies that her husband was drunk and that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The warrants said Bianca Fuller said that Shawn was demanding to know where his gun was and that she refused to tell him. After arguing for some time, Shawn Fuller reportedly punched Bianca Fuller, put a pillow over her head, then put a sheet around her neck and began to choke her. Bianca Fuller then told Shawn where the gun was located, and she left out of the back door of the mobile home.

Moments later, both Stephen Fuller and Bianca Fuller said they heard multiple gunshots.

When deputies approached the home, they said they found Shawn Fuller lying in the front yard with a gunshot wound to the head.

One deputy noted seeing a small child lying inside the house near the front door. When deputies went inside, they discovered a second boy on the floor.

The boys, identified as Fuller’s 3- and 4-year-old sons Uriah and Josiah, had both been shot multiple times and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Shawn Fuller was transported to the hospital and remained there until his death on Thursday.

Deputies searched the home later during the afternoon of Aug. 9.

According to the warrants, they seized a Glock model 19 semi-automatic pistol containing an empty magazine, a black knife, two Glock magazines with 15 rounds, 15 spent shell casings, an iPad tablet, a laptop and other items.

On Aug. 10, deputies returned to the house and seized several items, including two bullets found on the floor in the hall, one bullet found inside the refrigerator, a Blackhawk magazine holder, a Sears 16-gauge shotgun, a pistol holster, hearing protection earmuffs, a container holding 9 mm rounds, Glock accessories and the door from the refrigerator.

The Iredell County Sheriff said that investigators had been planning to charge Fuller with the murder of his two sons.

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