N.C. firefighter fatally shot, wife charged with murder

Mishael James "MJ" Auman served the Seagrove Rural VFD for 21 years and was one of the first paid members of the Ramseur FD

By Leila Merrill

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — The wife of a North Carolina firefighter was arrested Wednesday on murder charges in connection with the death of her husband, Mishael James "MJ" Auman, 37. 

Randolph News Now reported that police responded to a 911 call on Saturday about a self-inflicted gunshot wound. First responders located Auman, and emergency personnel transported him to a hospital, where he died.

The Seagrove Rural Volunteer Fire Department announced Auman’s death on Tuesday, saying that he served for 21 years.

Auman also served with the Ramseur Fire Department and was one of the first paid firefighters in the department. The department credits him with building its career program and increasing skill levels within the department.

“This is a devastating blow to the fire service, in which MJ had very strong ties to, especially Randolph County," the Seagrove department posted on Facebook. "The thoughts, prayers, and condolences have not gone unnoticed. We are forever grateful for everyone who has reached out during this difficult time.”

Following an investigation by the Sheriff's Office detectives, Auman's wife, Heather Hicks Auman, was arrested Wednesday at her home. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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