911 Call Released After Man Plows SUV into Bessemer City Restaurant, Killing Daughter and Daughter-In-Law

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The Gaston County Police Department has released the 911 call from Sunday’s tragic event at the Surf and Turf  Lodge in Bessemer City.

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Bessemer City Police have identified three additional victims injured in Sunday’s incident as Roger Self’s wife, son and grandchild.

Self’s wife, Diane Self, 53, and his son, Joshua Self, 38, are both still hospitalized, according to officials. Self’s grandchild, a 13-year-old juvenile, was treated and released following the incident.

Joshua Self is an officer with the Gaston County Police Department and the husband of Amanda Self, who was killed during the incident.

Currently, Roger Self is charged with two counts of First Degree Murder. Officials say the investigation is ongoing, and additional charges could be filed.


Investigators say the second person killed in the Bessemer City incident has been identified as the suspect’s daughter-in-law, Amanda Self.

Self was a nurse at CaroMont Regional Medical Center.  CaroMont Health released the following statement:

“This is a devastating loss felt by the entire CaroMont Health family, especially Amanda’s colleagues in the Emergency Department who worked along side her, and yesterday, helped care for her and members of her family,” said Kathleen Besson, Chief Operating Officer at CaroMont Health. “As a nurse, Amanda was an accomplished and respected leader, colleague and friend. We will miss her deeply, and our thoughts will remain with her family.”

A Pastor representing the family says this is a case of severe mental illness.  The family reportedly had been working with Roger to try to get him the help he needed before this incident occurred.

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BESSEMER CITY, NC – We’re learning more about a man who rammed an SUV into a Bessemer City restaurant, with his family inside, killing his daughter. Police say Roger Self killed her and another person, plus injured several others. And investigators say many of the victims are law enforcement.

Self is now locked up in the Gaston County Jail, charged with two counts of First Degree Murder.

Investigators want to know what led him to plow the SUV into the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City just after noon Sunday.

His Daughter, 26-year-old Gaston County Sheriff’s Deputy Katelyn Self was killed, along with another person.

“Tragic, tragic loss of life and all I’d ask of people is to keep the family in your prayers and also the Sheriff’s Office, because we’re suffering a little bit right now,” said Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger.

Police say the act appears intentional. Members of his family were sitting at a table. Investigators say several people at that table, and others, were taken to the hospital with injuries.

“This involves us all, this touches the agencies that the Sheriff mentioned. One of the victims is a Gaston County Police Officer. One of the victims is a Gastonia Police Officer,” said Bessemer City Police Chief Thomas Ellis Jr.

The suspect, Self, is well-known as a private investigator in Gaston County and also has a background in law enforcement.

He also owns an event venue business in Dallas called Venue 1241.

“We are a city with a heart. And I think you will see that working together. I think you will see a lot of good teamwork together to get some justice brought to this case,” Ellis said.