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Accused sex offender kills himself

3-4-2011 North Carolina:

WHITSETT — A Whitsett man accused of raping a child killed himself Thursday night at his home on Cook-Stewart Road when sheriff’s deputies knocked on the door.

Ryan Gohn, 24, was the subject of an ongoing Guilford County Sheriff’s Department investigation involving sex offenses with a child. The sheriff’s department obtained warrants on Gohn, charging him with three counts of first-degree rape of a child, three counts of first-degree sex offense of a child and one count of indecent liberties with a minor, according to a sheriff’s department release.

Deputies attempted to serve those warrants to Gohn as well as warrants to search at his home on Cook-Stewart Road at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

“When deputies approached Mr. Gohn’s residence, they knocked and announced their presence at which time they heard a single gunshot and a woman scream from inside the residence,” the release states.

When deputies went into the house, they found Gohn dead from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. The woman wasn’t injured.

While deputies had their weapons drawn when they entered the house, they didn’t use them. The woman is also a witness to the incident. As a result, sheriff’s department officials won’t be asking an outside law enforcement agency to investigate, said Guilford County Sheriff’s Col. Randy Powers.

The sheriff’s department only asks another agency to investigate if deputies fire their weapons, Powers said.

“No one had to fire any shots,” he said. ..Source.. by Times-News

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