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High-speed police chase ensues after 2 stabbed to death, 1 injured in NC

Listen to the 911 call from the Brunswick double homicide stabbing

The 911 call of the incident in which two people died and one person is injured after a stabbing in Shallotte early Wednesday morning.
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The 911 call of the incident in which two people died and one person is injured after a stabbing in Shallotte early Wednesday morning.

Two people died and one person is injured after a stabbing in Shallotte early Wednesday morning, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

One woman was found dead at the scene, and a man was transported to the hospital, where he died from injuries, authorities said. A third victim was transported to the hospital and is being treated for her injuries.

After a brief chase, police were able to detain Torrence O’Neal Helms, 30, of Calabash, who was treated at a hospital before being transported to jail Wednesday afternoon. Helms is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, said Emily Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

He is being held without bond.

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Provided by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office

Deputies were called to a home about 4:40 a.m. on Ivey Stone Court after reports of multiple victims stabbed. While deputies were on the way to the home, they saw the suspect’s vehicle, according to a release.

Authorities began to pursue the vehicle reaching speeds up to 105 mph. Due to potential harm to the public and the nature of the incident, deputies performed a PIT maneuver — a technique that causes the driver to lose control and stop a vehicle during a pursuit — causing Helms to crash in a wooded area off Ocean Isle Beach Road, the release states.

Helms fled from the vehicle, and was taken into custody about 5 a.m. after a brief foot chase, authorities said.

The names of the victims will be released after family is notified.

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The Sun News Reporter Hannah Strong is passionate about making the world better through what she reports and writes. Strong, who is a Pawleys Island native, is quick to jump on breaking news, profiles stories about people in the community and obituaries. Strong has won four S.C. Press Association first-place awards, including one for enterprise reporting after riding along with police during a homicide. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Winthrop University.


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