North Carolina man charged with murder in shooting death of mother

Published 3:03 pm Saturday, January 22, 2022

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A North Carolina man has been accused of fatally shooting his mother and trying to leave the scene, police said.

Concord police officers arrived at a home at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday to assist Cabarrus County paramedics who had been called for a medical-related incident, according to a news release.

As emergency workers were leaving the home, multiple gunshots were heard coming from the home, police said. The officers then encountered Ya-Qway Jayshawn Sawyer, 24, as he tried to leave. Officers detained Sawyer and began a search of the house. They found Sawyer’s mother, Katrina Renee Smith, dead in her bathroom with multiple gunshot wounds, according to police.

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Sawyer was charged with murder and is being held without bond in the Cabarrus County jail, police said. It’s not known if he has an attorney, and police haven’t determined a motive for the shooting.