‘‘He said, ‘Chad’s in here, he’s got a rifle, he’s going to kill y'all,'’’ Ehsanipoor said.
Detectives dragged Lambert out of the house and retreated. Moretz, armed with an assault rifle, refused to come out or to let his wife leave. A hostage negotiator and a SWAT team were brought in.
After more than four hours, Moretz’s wife ran outside through the front door and collapsed in the yard. Then Moretz emerged with an AR-15 rifle. Ehsanipoor said he was raising the gun when a sniper shot him.
Though investigators say they believe Moretz alone killed Ray, his wife and brother-in-law have been charged with helping conceal the death. Kimberly Moretz did not immediately return a message left at a phone number listed for her on a police report. Lambert did not have a listed phone number.
Investigators said it was one of the siblings who told authorities during the standoff that Ray’s remains were hidden in a storage locker in nearby Jasper, S.C.
‘‘Everybody’s still in a state of shock,’’ said Edgerly, Ray’s longtime friend. ‘‘This isn’t supposed to happen.’’