FROM STAFF REPORTS
Two men face charges in connection with the shooting of an eastern Iredell County resident over the weekend during a dispute at the victim’s home.
Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrests of Bradley Dewayne Potter, 32, of Harmony and Aaron James Byrd, 23, of Statesville in a news release Tuesday afternoon.
ICSO deputies were dispatched to a home at 197 Deerchase Circle on Saturday in reference to a domestic dispute, the sheriff said. When the deputies arrived at that location, they did not find anyone on scene.
While the deputies were searching the area, a 911 hang-up call was received from 251 Deerchase Circle, according to the news release.
As the deputies were going to this residence, they heard gunshots nearby, Campbell said.
Upon arriving at 251 Deerchase Circle, the responding officers encountered Potter and Byrd, who were leaving the residence, according to the news release. These men were detained as the investigation continued, Campbell said.
The deputies knocked and announced their presence before entering the home. Once inside the house they found the homeowner, who had suffered a gunshot wound, Campbell said.
Deputies administered care and first aid to the victim until Iredell County EMS personnel arrived. The victim was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
ICSO detectives arrived at the location and started processing the scene and interviewing witnesses and neighbors.
Detectives learned Potter and Byrd had been involved in a fight with the homeowner, Campbell said.
During the argument, Byrd picked up a firearm owned by the homeowner and pointed it at the victim, according to the news release.
Potter then took the firearm from Byrd and fired multiple shots at the homeowner as he fled into his residence, Campbell said. Then, as Byrd and Potter were leaving the residence, Potter turned back toward the house and fired into the residence again, he added.
The firearm was located on the side of the road near where the deputies spotted Potter and Byrd, according to the news release.
Based upon all of the evidence gathered from the investigation, both suspects were arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center.
Potter was charged with Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injuries, Felony Discharge Weapon into Occupied Dwelling, Felony Larceny of Firearm, and Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Magistrate Imes set a bond of $100,000 secured bond on these charges.
Byrd was charged with Misdemeanor Assault by Pointing a Gun. Magistrate Watkins issued a $2,500 secured bond on this charge.