Bozeman native dies in N.C. shooting

By MAKENZIE JOHNSON/ Montana State News

Grace Denk, a 21-year-old Bozeman native, was killed in an police-involved shooting Tuesday morning in Wilmington, N.C., according to WWAY News.

Bozeman native Grace Denk stands in front of a helicopter in Afghanistan.
Bozeman native Grace Denk stands in front of a helicopter in Afghanistan.

Wilmington news reports say that officers arrived at 1 a.m. on 700 block of Tabor Lane in response to a call from Denk’s ex-boyfriend. Denk was sitting in her car with a handgun.

“I think she’s going to kill herself,” he said to the dispatcher in a 911 call. According to the reports, Denk’s ex-boyfriend called the police when she left the house and drove off after a dispute between the two.

The ex-boyfriend said in the 911 recording that she told him he has until 2 a.m. “She tried to kill herself in the past,” he said.

Witnesses told WWAY News that after they heard officers yelling at Denk to put her hands up, one officer kicked in her back window and fired. Both officers fired their guns, according to Star News Online.

When asked by Star News, Linda Rawley, Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman, declined to confirm the officers shot Denk.

News reports say woman was pronounced dead at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Rawley told Wilmington news reporters that the two officers involved are on paid leave, and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is investigating the case.

“Only God can know why, cause we sure as hell don’t. RIP sweet girl. Remembering all those good times and wishing we’d had more,” a friend posted on Denk’sFacebook page.

Denk attended Bozeman High School until she enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served in Afghanistan. She then resided in Wilmington, N.C., and had two sisters and one brother.

– Edited by Jennifer Webster 

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