A Bessemer City resident was recently arrested and charged with murder after ramming his car into a restaurant’s, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law. According to the police report, the suspect, a retired private investigator and former deputy, struggled with mental illness.
Retired Private Investigator Begged Family to Remove Firearms from Home
On the 20th of May, Gaston County deputies arrested 62-year-old Roger Self, a former Sheriff’s deputy and retired private investigator. The man was later charged with two counts of first-degree murder after ruling out the possibility of an accident.
Based on eyewitnesses’ accounts and Self’s confession, the man went inside the Bessemer City Surf and Turf Lodge to have lunch with his family. Accompanying Self were 26-year-old Katelyn Self, his daughter, Amanda Self, Roger’s daughter-in-law, Katelyn’s husband and 13-year-old daughter and Diane, Roger’s wife.
Around noon, Self left the table. His family thought that he was going to the bathroom. However, as the investigation reveals, Self, in fact, left the restaurant and got into his car. Minutes later, he rammed the restaurant’s wall.
According to a Gaston County PD spokesperson, the perpetrator’s vehicle was completely inside the restaurant when the first responders arrived.
Amid the debris, paramedics identified three victims: Katelyn, Amanda, and Roger’s daughter-in-law’s child.
Both Katelyn and Amanda were declared dead at the scene. Amanda’s daughter was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Subsequently, the authorities took Self into custody after the investigation revealed that the man intentionally drove through the wall.
Austin Rammell, a Venture Church pastor and family friend, declared that the retired private investigator was wrestling with a mental illness.
Moreover, he recalls about how Self asked his family members to remove all firearms from the house.
Katelyn, Self’s 26-year-daughter, was a Gaston County deputy.
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