Autopsy: Husband of slain teacher died from emphysema

Dec. 17, 2013 @ 05:29 PM

The man that police believe shot his estranged wife six times died from complications of pulmonary emphysema, according to an autopsy by the chief medical examiner.
Bruce Ray Armstrong, 61, was found unresponsive slumped over the steering wheel of a rented silver Nissian on Aug. 29 in the parking lot of a Greensboro Lowes.
He was later pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital.
Police say a few hours earlier he shot his estranged wife, Laurrissa Armstrong, at her Steeplechase at Adams Farm apartment.
The autopsy report said that he had been wearing a bullet proof vest “but it was off and on the seat beside him.”
The report went on to read that there were no medication bottles in the car and that Armstrong had mildly active hepatitis.
Laurrissa Armstrong died from her injuries on Sept. 7 at Moses Cone Hospital, according to the Greensboro police.
His wife was a teacher at Welborn Middle Academy of Science and Technology where she taught career and technical education.
Court documents show that Laurrissa Armstrong filed for a Domestic Violence Order of Protection on July 26 stating that she was “in fear of continued harassment that rises to such a level as to inflict substantial emotional distress” from Armstrong.
Court records show the order of protection was denied on Aug. 7 by District Court Judge Linda L. Falls because she “failed to prove grounds.”
The shooting received attention from local nonprofits and leaders who have since petitioned legislation to re-evaluate the protection orders and the application process for them.
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