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Minutes After Cops Leave Home, Girlfriend Claims She Fatally Shot Boyfriend in Self-defense: Docs

A North Carolina woman is facing murder charges for allegedly fatally shooting her live-in ex-boyfriend on Sunday, shortly after police responded to a domestic call at their residence.

Garner police said in a statement that Peggy Yarborough, 59, called 911 reporting that she shot Delquan Douglas, 32. Three 911 calls were made the night of the slaying — including one where a woman who was not a resident sought to have Yarborough removed from the home because “nobody in that house is safe,” according to the News & Observer.

WNCT reported that the caller said the couple both had guns, and that Yarborough “probably has hers out.” The caller claimed there had been disagreements about Yarborough or Douglas moving out of the home and moving back in.

A police report stated that the woman’s call came after a verbal argument between the couple. Officers wrote that Yarborough was not there when they initially arrived, and Douglas said he did not want her returning to the residence, according to the News & Observer.

Cops eventually made contact with Yarborough as she pulled into the driveway. She allegedly said she was going back into the home — and would use her gun if she felt threatened.

“I told her that she was legally allowed to own a gun and use it if the circumstances deemed it necessary,” a responding officer wrote, according to Law & Crime.

Fifteen minutes after police left, a neighbor called 911 reporting gunshots. Yarborough called 911 herself two minutes later.

“I had to shoot this man,” she said. “He launched at me.”

However, Yarborough also told the 911 dispatcher that she did not believe Douglas was armed, the News & Observer reported.

Garner Police Captain Mike McIver told Law & Crime that the couple recently broke up but were living together at the time of the deadly shooting.

Yarborough is facing murder charges despite claiming self-defense. McIver declined to reveal a motive to Law & Crime, but he said the charges are backed by physical evidence and interviews.

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[Featured image: Peggy Yarborough/Garner Police Department; Delquan Douglas/Facebook]