Wednesday, 23 May 2018
62-year-old man intentionally drives into a restaurant where his family was eating, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law
Police authorities confirm that a 62-year-old man intentionally drove his vehicle into a North Carolina restaurant where his family was eating on Sunday, killing his daughter and his daughter-in-law and injuring several others. The killings occurred just after noon in Bessemer City, outside of Charlotte, after the family sat down to lunch at the Surf and Turf Lodge. Roger Self was charged with two counts of first-degree murder on Sunday night, according to jail records.
He is being held at Gaston County Jail. He was scheduled to have a court appearance on Monday afternoon. One of those killed in the crash was his daughter Katelyn Self. She was a deputy at the Gaston County jail and had worked at the Gaston County Sheriff's Office for four years, the office said.
She was off duty at the time of the incident. "Our hearts are broken and we ask for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, not only for Katelyn's family and friends, but also her brothers and sisters in uniform," the Gaston County Sheriff's Office said.
Austin Rammell, the pastor at Venture Church, said Roger Self had been dealing with mental illness issues and had sought medical help in recent months, he told WSOC.