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By John Bachman email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - For the first time, we're hearing the desperate call to 9-1-1 from a mother moments before, detectives say, the father of her two children shot and killed her.

It would the last time Laronda Becker ever spoke on the phone. She told dispatchers that she was trying to be nice by letting her ex-boyfriend see her children.

Reginald Johnson, mother of Laronda Becker, said, "I need police to come to my home. My daughter's boyfriend is here. He's in a room, and he has a gun. And we have a restraining order out on him. He's not supposed to be here, and he's in our apartment."

Late Monday afternoon, a call comes into emergency dispatchers.

On the phone, a very concerned mother describing how her daughter's boyfriend, 22-year-old Reginald Johnson, had started to get violent with a hand gun.

9-1-1 Dispatcher: "What's he doing with the gun?"

Richards: "He's holding it up to my daughters head, and he's threatening her in the apartment, and he won't get out."

Twenty-one-year-old Laronda Becker had been running from Johnson - even filing a restraining order against him two years ago. But he tracked her down to her mother's apartment near West Palm Beach in the Haverhill Gardens Community.

Laronda Becker said, "I have a restraining order against him. He's not supposed to be around me and my kids, but I was trying to be nice and let him see the kids, but he took it too far."

At one point, Becker and her mother had Johnson barricaded in a back room. But while she was on the phone with emergency dispatchers, Johnson screams for her life.

9-1-1 Operator: "Where are you in relationship to the front door?"

Laronda Becker: "He's in here; he's in here. Hurry up please. 'Scream'."

Dispatchers tried calling back, but Becker had already been shot. And, as deputies arrived, Johnson shot himself in the head. But he's still alive at St. Mary's Medical Center. He faces a long list of charges including homicide, attempted murder and kidnapping.

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