Man Killed In Shooting After Allegedly Breaking Into Ex-Girlfriend's Home
Hendersonville Police said 36-year-old Brian Davidson, of Charlotte, had a gun when he forced his way into the home on Wessington Place just after 8 p.m. Investigators said they believe he intended to harm his ex-girlfriend, who also had several young children inside the home.
"There were children present at that time, and the children quickly saw what was unfolding and were cautioned to run for safety," said Lt. Scott Ryan with the Hendersonville Police Department.Police said the woman's 18-year-old son came to her defense, exchanging gunfire with Davidson. The woman and the children, ages 8 to 14, were able to run outside the home.
The first responding officer reported hearing gunshots as he arrived on scene. Members of the Hendersonville Negotiation Team and the Hendersonville Essential Action Team then entered the home, where they found Davidson dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
Police said one of the teen's bullets struck Davidson, and Davidson fired twice -- including one self-inflicted gunshot wound and another shot that hit a nearby residence. The investigation was still ongoing, pending a review by the Medical Examiner and analysis of other evidence collected.
"There were multiple gunshots exchanged, and we’re going to rely on the Medical Examiner's office to decipher what happened with those gunshots," concluded Lt. Ryan.
Investigators said Davidson and the woman had been in a relationship for approximately 11 years and have two children together, 8 and 10 years of age, who lived at the home with her.
The couple has a history of domestic violence dating back to 2006. In September 2013, police were called to the victim's home for a domestic disturbance where they said Davidson showed up unwanted and unexpectedly. At that point, Davidson had been told not to return to the home.
In May and June, police said Davidson had made some threats toward his ex-girlfriend, and a warrant for criminal trespass was taken out in early June after he showed up at her home.
Davidson had been set to face a judge on July 7, following his arrest for aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, and stalking for allegedly going to the victim's home on June 20. In that case, he allegedly assaulted her with a weapon, and she took out an order of protection that day.
Davidson bonded out of jail on June 28 with a bond in excess of $50,000.
A home across the street was also caught in the crossfire when as many as 10 bullets struck the exterior of the home. No one inside that home was hurt.
LeRoy McMillan and his wife were forced to hide out in their garage as dozens of officers worked to control the scene. Bullet holes filled their front door, with one of those bullets making its way into the home.
McMillan told NewsChannel 5 that he had seen Davidson and his ex-girlfriend fighting in the past.
"It's a scary situation because I never thought Brian was that way, but lately in the last year or so, he's been getting that way," McMillan said.
The investigation was ongoing, but no charges had been filed.