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BESSEMER CITY, NC – An ex-cop is facing murder charges after police say he intentionally drove his vehicle into a restaurant, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law.

On Sunday, 62-year-old Roger Self was with around eight of his family members inside the Surf and Turf Lodge when he excused himself.

His family thought he went to the bathroom, but Self had actually went out to the parking lot and got into his Jeep.

Police say Self then Intentionally drove his Jeep into the restaurant at a high rate of speed and struck the table where his family was seated.

Pictures of the incident seem to indicate Self drove straight through the building and struck the back wall.

“I saw a white Jeep just fly right past my face,” said a waiter. “It was so unreal. I saw chairs and tables and cups just flying everywhere. It just sounded like a tornado.”

Many people were injured in the crash, but two people died from the impact — Self’s own daughter, 26-year-old Katelyn Self, who was a deputy with the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, and his daughter-in-law, Amanda Self.

Self was arrested at the scene and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He is being held without bond in Gaston County Jail.

As for a motive, it’s anyone’s guess at this point as it looks like Self has been suffering from some mental issues lately.

According to the family’s pastor, Austin Rammell, Self has been dealing with mental illness, including anxiety, depression, and mental breakdowns in recent months, and he had sought medical help.

Friends say Self’s condition had grown much worse over the past two months and that he would go days without getting out of bed. He had also became paranoid around people and felt he was evil.

“He has been a shining light as to what it means to love people and then all of a sudden, about two months ago, it was like someone flipped a switch. I had never met this man,” said Rammell.

Rammell went on to say that this was not an intentional act, but police do not agree. They feel Self’s actions were deliberate and domestic in nature. They went on to say that drugs or alcohol were not involved.

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