Police have charged a man with murder hours after officers discovered his common-law wife dead inside a North Charleston apartment.
Javerick Self of Yonge’s Island was arrested the morning of Sept. 2 by North Charleston police on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime, according to spokesman Harve Jacobs.
Police believe the 25-year-old man fatally shot his common-law wife, who has not been identified, inside her North Charleston apartment moments after she called 911 to have him removed from the residence.
Officers responded after midnight to an apartment off Fairwind Drive to a report of a disturbance, according to an incident report. The call for help was placed by the victim, who requested officers remove a man from the premise.
At the location, a man, later identified as Self, told officers the disturbance was actually coming from upstairs, the report states. Officers followed the tip, but no one answered the door there.
Officers returned downstairs, but the male resident did not respond, the report states. Officers observed a glass sliding door to the apartment had been left ajar and found an unresponsive woman inside the apartment “slumped over” on a couch.
Self was arrested at 10 a.m., Jacobs said.
North Charleston police and the Charleston County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the fatal shooting.