Salisbury man accidentally shoots, kills cousin at Woodleaf Road home

Rowan Sheriff’s investigators are continuing to look into an accidental fatal shooting they say occurred at a Woodleaf Road home late Monday night.

The incident occurred at 11:09 p.m. at 5230 Woodleaf Road.

Officials discovered Roy Jacob Bryant, 23, of the 3300 block of Ivey Stine Road, Lenoir, in a bedroom. Rowan EMS members treated him, but they were unsuccessful in their attempts to save him, said Rowan Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford.

Sifford said Bryant was accidentally shot by his cousin, Timothy Scott Glover, 22, of Woodleaf Road.

Glover was showing Bryant his .410 caliber shotgun and was putting it away when the gun went off.

Glover placed the round he’d removed from the gun back into it and was closing it when Bryant slapped at the gun.

Officials said it is likely Glover’s finger was on the trigger when Bryant slapped at the gun. Bryant was shot at nearly point blank range in the stomach and died at the home.

The sister of Roy Bryant told investigators they were in town visiting their grandmother and other family members. She said that Bryant had just returned to North Carolina from Minnesota.

“Investigators will present their findings to the District Attorney’s Office,” Sifford said.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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