Man confesses on Facebook after killing son, shooting ex-wife
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- A multi-state manhunt is underway, for a man who police say shot his ex-wife and killed his son - then gave a chilling confession live on Facebook.
Earl Valentine is accused of kicking in the back door of his ex-wife's Norlina, North Carolina home early Tuesday morning and shooting her in the chest. He also fatally shot his 15-year-old son, police said.
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A search for Earl Valentine is underway from Richmond to South Carolina.
Norlina Police Chief Taylor Bartholomew said investigators believed Valentine may be headed to the Richmond-area to confront other family members.
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Those family members were placed under police protection while he's on the run, according to law enforcement sources.
The man described as armed, dangerous and suicidal recorded a confession on Facebook Live minutes after the shootings, saying he killed his wife.
"I don't feel no remorse for what I did... That *bleep* had it coming," he said.
Police say what Valentine didn't realize is that his wife is still alive, but his 15-year-old son, who he's accused of also shooting, didn't make it.
"We actually got a call from the young victim with a dying declaration that his father had shot him and his father also shot his mother," said Bartholomew.
Police said Valentine shot his at point blank range.
"It appeared the boy tried to intervene on his mother's behalf and was also hit in the chest," he added.
As he drove away from the scene, Valentine made a cold and calculated confession.
"She dragged me down to nothing. I loved my wife, but she deserved it," Valentine said in the Facebook video.
Dentis Shaw says Valentine is family and he can't believe the man he knows would commit such crimes.
"Earl cared about people. Never in a hundred years did I think this would happen," said Shaw.
Shaw said Valentine ran a limo service and was last known to live in Richmond.
Police said the fugitive said he will avoid prison at all costs and is believed to have a pistol and assault rifle.
He was last seen in a dark colored SUV and his cell phone has been turned off.
Police say if you see Earl Valentine call police immediately.