The 911 call, recorded Wednesday evening, begins with a dispatcher’s voice.
“Fayetteville 911,” she says. “What’s the address of the emergency?”
“I just killed somebody,” a man responds.
The man then tells the 911 operator his address, a home on Bedrock Drive in Fayetteville, N.C. Authorities said that when officers respond to the location, they discovered a man armed with a knife, standing over a woman lying in blood.
The man was shot and killed by police; the woman was pronounced dead.
The 911 call captures some of the chaos of the encounter, as the man’s chilling confession.
“I’m so sorry,” he says, after sharing his address with the dispatcher.
“Okay, can you tell me your name?” she responds.
“No, I don’t think I can,” he says in the call, a recording of which was released to The Washington Post.
The dispatcher again asks about the address, then tells the man to stay on the line with her.
“Hello?” she says. “Hello?”
“Tell my mother I apologize,” the man responds.
Fayetteville police said they were called to the home after a child contacted 911 and said that his mother had been stabbed by her boyfriend, according to a news release.
Two children were in the home at the time of the incident; they both escaped by climbing out a window and rushing to a neighbor’s home.
“My mother got stabbed by her boyfriend,” a child says in that 911 call, which was also released. “We jumped out the window and ran to our friend’s house.”
Officers on the scene tried to make contact with those inside the house, but they didn’t get any response, according to the news release. Once police forced their way inside, they saw a “a male standing over a female inside of the residence.” The woman was “lying in a pool of blood,” and that’s when officers started to give commands to the man, telling him to drop the knife.
One officer tried to deploy a stun gun, but it didn’t work. They also tried to place him in handcuffs, the release states, but he “lunged at the officers with a knife.”
Shots were fired and the man was killed.
“The incident was captured by body worn cameras; however, the images are graphic in nature in respect to the female victim who had been murdered in the home,” according to the release.
At a news conference, interim Chief Anthony Kelly identified the female victim as Amanda Williams, a 37-year-old mother of three.
Her suspected killer, the 911 caller, was Mark Anthony Hicks, police said.
“It’s still early in the investigation; of course the victim can’t tell us what happened,” Kelly said, when asked whether authorities had a potential motive for the homicide. “The suspect can’t tell us what happened. We’re still interviewing the children, but that’s a delicate situation as well.”
In the 911 call, the dispatcher asks Hicks what happened, but the details he relays have left the situation somewhat unclear.
“I pawned something for a person and they said I stole it,” he says on the call. “They asked me to pawn it for them. … And everything went wrong. I know there’s no coming back from this.”
The Fayetteville Observer spoke with Hicks’s grandmother, who lives not far from where the incident occurred and described what she heard Wednesday night.
“At 9:30 I heard this ‘boom, boom, boom.’ I thought it was Fort Bragg,” Louise Hicks told the newspaper, which reported that Hicks and Williams had been dating for a few months, according to family members.
The sounds of police shooting are captured on the 911 call, not long after a dispatcher asks Hicks his age — a question he answers, before saying: “I don’t think I’ve got what it takes to do this.”
“To do what?” the dispatcher asks, but is met with silence.
“They’re not important,” he says.
Finally, there are shouts from police — “let me see your hands!” and “drop the weapon now!” — and screaming during a commotion.
Gunshots can be heard, then someone says that two people are down, then the recording ends.