BESSEMER CITY, N.C. — Officers were trying to talk to a convicted sex offender Friday morning inside a home on North 12th Street in Bessemer City moments before he killed himself.
Neighbor's heard the shots from inside this house that brought an end to a new investigation into Brian Drake, who got out of prison in April.
Police with guns drawn converge on a Bessemer City home. We are talking to worried neighbors.
In 2011, he admitted to showing porn to a 13-year-old girl, then having sex with her. He was sentenced on 14 felony counts.
Authorities this week were investigating a claim of sex offense allegedly committed by Drake, who was not charged.
Police returned to talk to him Friday morning. As they approached, they heard shots inside the house.
"There were cops everywhere,” neighbor Ashley Morgan said. “And it's kind of freaky."
Police had guns drawn, pointing at the house, as they shut down the street.
Authorities eventually made their way inside the home and discovered that Drake took his own life.
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Sex offender found dead in home
A convicted sex offender reportedly took his own life when officers pulled up in front of his home Friday. Police believe Brian Allen Drake, 37, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A convicted sex offender reportedly took his own life when officers pulled up in front of his home Friday.
Police believe Brian Allen Drake, 37, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
County officers were alerted to the situation Friday morning when they heard at least one gunshot coming from a home at 401 N. 12th St. in Bessemer City.
Officers on the scene called for backup, and Bessemer City Police came out to assist.
A portion of the road was closed off, and police approached the home with guns drawn.
Inside they found a lifeless Drake.
According to police, officers had gone to Drake’s home earlier this week, but they were not in town to see him Friday.
Officers were responding to a report of a larceny from a motor vehicle, according to county police.
The officers were in front of Drake’s home by mistake and would have continued on to their original call if they had not heard gunfire, said Capt. W.S. Melton with Gaston County Police.
Drake was added to the sex offender registry in April after being released from prison after serving almost two years. He was convicted in 2012 of multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The basis of Drake’s sex offenses involved a 13-year-old girl. He sexually assaulted the girl on several occasions and exposed her to pornography when he was 32.
In addition to prison time, Drake was sentenced to probation and regulations of the Sex Offender Registry.