Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mount Airy, NC: Mount Airy man killed as he chokes his girlfriend

A Mount Airy man who was assaulting his girlfriend was killed Sunday night by an acquaintance who feared that the man would kill her, authorities said Monday.

Christopher "Jake" Montgomery Tulley died from a single gunshot wound to his head at 244 Hiatt Road, the home where he was living, said Sheriff Graham Atkinson of Surry County.

Prior to the shooting, Tulley had beaten and choked his girlfriend, Atkinson said. The shooter was another man was in the house when the assault occurred. Atkinson declined to identify the girlfriend or the shooter.

The man who shot Tulley told investigators that he feared that Tulley would kill the woman, the sheriff's office said.

Tulley was choking his girlfriend when the man shot him in the head with a shotgun, Atkinson said.

The shooter is cooperating with investigators, Atkinson said. No charges have been filed.

Investigators will meet with the Surry County District Attorney's Office to determine if any charges will be filed.

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