FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A woman is dead and the man who said he killed her was shot and killed by Fayetteville police officers Wednesday night, officials said.
Police responded to a 911 call around 9:55 p.m. from a child who said that his mother had been stabbed by her boyfriend at their home along the 800 block of Bedrock Drive. The caller and another child in the home were able to a escape the home by climbing out of a window and running to a neighbors house to make the call, officials said.
“My mama got stabbed by her boyfriend,” the boy said. “Last time we saw her, she was on the kitchen floor. And he was holding a knife up to her and then he stabbed her neck.”
Officers responding to the call set up a perimeter around the home and attempted to make contact with the woman and her boyfriend, but were unable to. A man inside the home then called 911 and said that he had killed someone.
“I just killed somebody,” the caller said. “I’m so sorry.”
Family members have identified the man as 31-year-old Mark Anthony Hicks.
Police forced their way into the front door of the home after they were unable to make contact with Hicks inside the home. Once inside, officers saw him standing over a woman inside of the home. Police identified the woman as Amanda Williams, a mother of three. Williams was lying in a pool of blood and officers immediately commanded Hicks to drop the knife he was holding, police said.
The officers’ interactions with Hicks were recorded during a 911 call.
An officer attempted to use a stun gun, but it didn’t work. According to officials, officers then moved in to attempt to handcuff Hicks. It was then that the he lunged at the officers with a knife, police said. Once he lunged, the officers fired their weapons and shot Hicks, fatally wounding him. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the incident was captured on body cameras that the officers were wearing.
“I have reviewed the footage. It is graphic. It is graphic on the part of the female victim in the house. We have five officers on the scene. Right now we have SBI on scene who’s trying to determine how many officers fired their weapon and how many times they actually fired,” said Chief Anthony Kelly with the Fayetteville Police Department.
Police said in a news release that, “This is a tragic event for everyone involved and the Fayetteville Police Department is concerned for the children in the home who witnessed this incident. We will work with the families to ensure they are receiving vital resources and their continued well-being.”
Hicks’ grandmother, Louise Hicks, told CBS North Carolina that her grandson had never been a violent person.
CBS North Carolina found Hicks has an extensive criminal background that dates to 2005. He was convicted of being a habitual felon in 2010. Hicks was also previously convicted of firearm, drug, and assault with a deadly weapon charges.
Kelly said cases such as these are especially tough this time of the year.
“This is a tragic situation. Listening to that 911 call from that child, two weeks before Christmas,” he said.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the officer-involved shooting and the five officers involved will be placed on administrative duty while the investigation is being conducted. The Fayetteville Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit will also conduct an internal investigation.