Deputies say a North Carolina family went to the sheriff’s office hours before the father gunned down his girlfriend and their two children, then set fire to the family home before pulling the trigger on himself.
According to investigators, the Davie County Sheriff’s Office rushed to a house fire in Davie County, N.C., on Monday, when a family of four was found deceased.
Aschod Ewing-Meeks and his girlfriend, Ashton Brown, both 26, were discovered dead just 2 hours after arriving at the sheriff’s office with their two daughters, Bella Ewing-Meeks, 4, and Brixtyn Ewing-Meeks, 8 months old.
Ashton Brown, her two children and her boyfriend enter the Davie County Sheriff’s
During a Wednesday press conference, Davie County Sheriff JD Hartman said Aschod and his family strolled into the sheriff’s office shortly after 12 p.m. on April 18 and spoke with the receptionist.
They were “vague” about what they wanted to talk about, according to Hartman, but “just wanted to talk to an officer.” The family was reportedly given a phone number to contact the department by the receptionist before leaving. It was only a four-minute visit.
“There was nothing out of the ordinary. They really wouldn’t interact with the receptionist or tell her what they wanted,” Hartman said.
Hartman said Brown then called dispatch at 12:35 p.m. local time to talk to an officer. But she wouldn’t specify what she wanted, according to Hartman.
After about ten minutes, a deputy called Brown. Hartman reported the call faltered or ceased after 32 seconds. Three additional calls from the deputy to Brown. After the first call, Aschod answered all subsequent calls. Each call lasted from 55 seconds to 6 minutes. Hartman stated every call was dropped or ended.
At 1:06 p.m., calls went to voicemail.
A witness said the couple was shouting outside their home 45 minutes later. Soon after, a passerby saw smoke rising from the residence.
Hartman said a bystander drove to the fire station to report the blaze, which was extinguished by 2:17 p.m. Then they found the family’s dead sprawled around the house, all with obvious gunshot wounds.
“All four victims are deceased from gunshot wounds,” Hartman told reporters. “The fire was intentionally set. Mr. Meeks was deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and we found the gun that matches all of this actually still in Mr. Meeks’ hand.”
Brown, Bella, and Brixtyn were described as “well-loved” by their community in a GoFundMe campaign launched by loved ones to help fund funeral expenses.