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Police: Suspect who shot himself during SWAT standoff dies

A man who police say shot himself during a standoff with SWAT officers on Sunday has died.

Damien Williams, 24, died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. He was pronounced dead around 2 a.m. Monday.

The standoff lasted about 12 hours this weekend. Police were looking for Williams in connection with the death of his wife, who was killed in Greenville sometime between Wednesday and Saturday. They were contacted about a car in the parking lot that was linked to the killing.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, Williams barricaded himself in a room at the motel with two teenage males. The teenagers, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, are not related to Williams, although they are acquaintances of his, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Maj. Johnny Jennings. The teens were not injured.

Jennings said officers knew that the teenagers were unharmed throughout the night, but because police didn’t know if it was a kidnapping, a hostage situation or something else, they “had to be extra cautious.”

As the standoff progressed, police in Greenville obtained murder warrant for Williams. He also was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

When CMPD officers realized that Williams was inside a motel room, they evacuated guests from nearby rooms. Police also cordoned off the ramp from northbound Interstate 85 to West Sugar Creek Road and blocked several nearby streets during the standoff.

About 11 a.m. Sunday, members of the SWAT Team heard a gunshot from inside the motel room.

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