Third suspect arrested in shooting of western Rowan man

JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten held a brief press at the Rowan County Sheriff Office on Monday morning to update the media after several arrests were made in the case involving the robbery and shooting of Marco Kauffman.
JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten held a brief press at the Rowan County Sheriff Office on Monday morning to update the media after several arrests were made in the case involving the robbery and shooting of Marco Kauffman.

UPDATED: Catawba County law enforcement officials have arrested Khari McClelland, who is wanted by Rowan authorities in the shooting of Marcus “Marco” Kauffman. Rowan officials have been looking for the Harmony man for more than a week.

By Shavonne Potts


spotts@salisburypost.com

Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten said it’s a “high possibility” Marcus Kauffman — who was shot in the head a week ago after intercepting a break-in at his home — was shot with his own handgun.

And authorities are still looking for one men in connection with the crime.

Kauffman, 25, who goes by the nickname Marco, was seriously wounded Dec. 2 around 10 a.m. after he and his wife, Maryann, returned to their Chenault Road home in western Rowan County to find a car parked in their driveway with the hood up.

Kauffman dropped his wife, who is pregnant, off at a neighbor’s house then returned to his home. He encountered two men, one of whom was standing beside the blue car.

Kauffman asked if the men needed any help, but quickly realized his home was being robbed. He called 911 to report the break-in and the call was abruptly lost.

Kauffman was shot in the head while he was inside his car and subsequently crashed into a tree located at the end of a corn field near the couple’s home.

Kauffman owned a Glock .45-caliber handgun, and investigators recovered six spent .45-caliber shell casings.

“It would be speculative at this point, but it’s a high possibility that that could happen,” Auten said of Kauffman being shot with his own gun. “We don’t have those answers in a week, but it’s certainly a possibility.”

He said there are tests that can confirm whether the gun the suspects used belonged to Kauffman.

Auten said lab tests can conducted, but they “are not able to do right now.”

On Friday night, two of the four people involved in the incident were arrested and charged. Auten said the Rowan Sheriff’s Office was aided by the Statesville Police Department in the arrest of Jaylend Daquanne Turner, 19, of Statesville, who has been charged with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny of a firearm and felony larceny. Turner remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under $3 million bond.

Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, also of Statesville, was charged with accessory after the fact, a felony. He remains in the county jail under $500,000 bond. Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, of Harmony, was arrested today.

Authorities have an additional outstanding warrant for a fourth suspect, Tramel Devon Hart, 18, also of Harmony.

He is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone knowing his location should call 911 immediately.

McClelland, who had been identified earlier in the week as a suspect, faces charges of attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony larceny of a firearm.

Hart is wanted for accessory after the fact, a felony.

Auten also thanked the community for its help following a plea for information from the sheriff’s office. He said investigators have been able to take information from the community to help build a case.

Anyone with information on this case is being asked to contact Staff Sgt. Jason Owens at 704-216-8683 or 1st Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687.

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