• 59°

Man remains in critical condition after being hit by Taser, shotgun blast

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
SALISBURY — A Salisbury man remained in critical condition Friday, a day after he tried to kill himself at his South Ellis Street home.
John Knox Bridges, 50, shot himself in the left torso with a shotgun Thursday morning after a police officer shot Bridges with a Taser in an attempt to incapacitate him.
Bridges had delivered a note to a neighbor who became concerned he would harm himself. The neighbor contacted the Salisbury Police Department.
Several years ago, Bridges was accused of stealing money from the N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation while he served as its vice president.
He was also accused of misusing $600,000 from the Minnesota-based Lindbergh Foundation while he was president of that organization.
He was fired from the Lindbergh Foundation and later asked to step down from the Transportation Museum foundation.
He was also accused in 2000 of pilfering more than $800,000 in proceeds that should have gone to North Carolina fresco artist Ben Long when he negotiated contracts for Long’s work beginning in early 2000.
Long sued Bridges in 2008 and Bridges settled for an undisclosed amount.
It was unclear if any of that played into the events at Bridges’ home on Thursday.
Around 10:30 a.m., officers arrived at Bridges’ home at 207 S. Ellis St. They found him armed with a shotgun, which he had turned toward himself.
A trained negotiator spoke with bridges in his garage for about 30 minutes.
With both hands free of the shotgun, Bridges was smoking a cigarette in one hand and holding a bottle of water in the other.
An officer standing nearby used that opportunity to stun Bridges with a Taser.
But Bridges, sitting on the garage floor, was apparently not affected by the Taser’s barbs and pulled the trigger on the shotgun, which was on the ground next to him.
Police Chief Rory Collins said the officer acted appropriately and that if he hadn’t stunned Bridges, he might have succeeded in taking his own life.
Bridges, a native of Mecklenburg County, was taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center and later transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

Comments

Comments closed.

Ask Us

Ask Us: When will North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue be resurfaced?

Local

Political Notebook: Rowan’s lawmakers pass 140 bills into the opposite chamber before deadline

Local

Police chief to present use of force policy; city manager to present 2021-22 budget

Crime

Botter: Rockwell man arrested on charges of felony larceny, possession of stolen vehicle

Coronavirus

CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

News

Catawba College hosts three in-person commencement ceremonies

Local

With high case loads causing numerous staff departures, Child Protective Services seeks more positions

Education

Livingstone College graduates celebrate ‘crossing the finish line’ during commencement celebration

Coronavirus

Rowan sees 4 new COVID-19 deaths as mask mandate lifted, vaccines administered continue decline

Local

Spencer is latest town updating its development ordinance

Local

Salisbury native Kristy Woodson Harvey makes NY Times bestseller list

Local

Board of Commissioners will convene for third time in May

Business

Biz Roundup: Salisbury, Kannapolis among recipients of Region of Excellence Awards

Local

Cheerleading team competes at Disney

Education

Salisbury High to celebrate football, swimming champions with parade

High School

High school girls soccer: Isley, Webb lead all-county team

Local

Spencer awarded $10,000 to develop trails at Stanback Forest

Books

‘Tails and Tales’ coming to library this summer

Local

Public Records: March Deeds

Entertainment

Salisbury Symphony’s ‘Return to the Concert Hall’ available May 24-31

Coronavirus

Salisbury teen becomes one of first in age group to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Business

Local farm and creamery poised to add goat yoga, artisan goat cheese to offerings

Local

Pandemic’s impact, uncertainty of transit funding prompt request to eliminate Rowan Express service

Lifestyle

New Waterworks’ exhibit opens June 1