NC man who confessed on Facebook to shooting ex-wife found dead in SC motel

NORLINA, N.C.  – A Warren County man wanted after shooting his ex-wife and then his 15-year-old son in the chest was found dead in South Carolina from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

The shooting incident happened on Tuesday around 1:30 a.m. at a home located at 403 Hyco Street in Norlina.

403 Hyco St. in Norlina
403 Hyco St. in Norlina

Police say Earl Valentine kicked in the back door of his ex-wife’s house and shot her, then his son in the chest. The 15-year-old boy, who called 911, died while talking to the operator. Keisha Valentine, his ex-wife, is in critical, but stable condition.

Earl Valentine

“I’ve been in law enforcement 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this this guy is bragging about it on social media. No remorse whatsoever. When we spoke to him on the phone he told us he is basically armed and dangerous,” Norlina Police Chief Taylor Bartholomew said.

Keisha Valentine and her son moved to Norlina from the Charlotte area to escape Earl Valentine’s abuse, Bartholomew said. A restraining order against Earl Valentine expired last month.

Earl Valentine posted a Facebook Live video where he admitted to the shooting.

WLTX image of the motel where Valentine was found dead.
WLTX image of the motel where Valentine was found dead.

“What’s up everybody? I just killed my (expletive) wife,” Valentine said in part of the video. “I don’t feel no (expletive) remorse for what I did.”

Bartholomew said he has been in contact with Earl Valentine by phone, but his phone has now been turned off.

“He shot his own son. And for me and my guys? It’s hard to wrap your brain around that. We’re pretty angry about it especially the way he’s acting over it,” Bartholomew said.

At the time of the phone calls, police say the suspect was believed to be in the Richmond area. Police say they tracked him to Richmond then to Columbia, SC where the U.S. Marshals Service found Valentine in a motel on Wednesday.

The marshals found Valentine dead when they went into the room, according to police.

Keisha Valentine underwent surgery Wednesday for wounds to her chest.

She has a bullet near her spine, Bartholomew said.

Keisha Valentine has not been able to speak but she is aware.

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