There is a Devil Loose: Former Police Officer Intentionally Rams Car Into N.C. Restaurant Killing his Daughter (a Sheriff’s Deputy) and Another Person

Roger Self with daughter, Katelyn Self
Roger Self with daughter, Katelyn Self

The Latest on a vehicle that crashed into a North Carolina restaurant (all times local):

9:40 p.m.

Jail records show the man accused of intentionally plowing a vehicle into a Bessemer, North Carolina, restaurant is facing two counts of first-degree murder.

Those charges are outlined in jail records in Gaston County, North Carolina, for 62-year-old Roger Glenn Self. The record available online late Sunday said he was formally booked as of 7 p.m. Sunday. The records include two mug shots of Self.

Police say Self purposely drove a vehicle into a steak and seafood restaurant during Sunday’s lunch hour. They say his 26-year-old daughter, who was off-duty from her sheriff’s deputy job, was killed along with another person. The other person wasn’t identified.

It wasn’t immediately known if Roger Self had a lawyer. Messages left with a contact for the family were not immediately returned.


6:35 p.m.

Witnesses say the lunchtime scene at the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City was comfortable, with families eating, until a vehicle crashed into the building.

Caleb Martin, a 14-year-old who busses tables at the restaurant, says he saw the crash that left two dead and others hurt.

“I walked over to my station and I heard a loud boom,” Caleb tells WSOC-TV . He says he did not know what to do at first, but he quickly joined first responders in the helping those injured.

Caleb says he helped paramedics move tables off of someone and cleared debris so medics could reach him.

Authorities say the vehicle’s driver, Roger Self, is in custody. They say his daughter is among the dead.

Caleb says Self was a regular at the restaurant.


4:30 p.m.

Authorities say a man intentionally drove his car into a North Carolina restaurant, killing his daughter and another person and injuring several others.

The Bessemer City Police Department said in a news release that preliminary evidence indicated that the man purposely drove his vehicle into the Surf and Turf Lodge about noon Sunday.

Killed was 26-year-old Katelyn Tyler Self, the daughter of the driver and a Gaston County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Authorities haven’t released the name of the second person who died.

Police say Roger Self has been arrested. The Gaston Gazette identified him as a businessman from Dallas, North Carolina.

Bessemer City Police Chief Thomas Ellis Jr. says the car went fully inside the restaurant.

Bessemer City is located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Charlotte.

SOURCE: The Associated Press