• 72°

Iredell deputy involved in shooting

Suspect

Peter Scott Hay

An Iredell County Sheriff’s deputy shot a man who pointed a gun at her on Saturday.

Peter Scott Hay, 54, of Tall Oak Drive, Mooresville, was shot and transported to Carolinas Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. He was later charged with assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor communicating threats.

On Saturday, the Iredell Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a domestic dispute between a father and son at the Tall Oaks Drive home.

Deputy Joanna Smith, an eight-year law enforcement veteran, answered the call. As she approached the door of the home, she could hear people screaming inside the house. She announced her presence and said she was with the Sheriff’s Office. She also used a flashlight to make her presence known.

The suspect came out of a room with a handgun and approached the front door. She told Hay to drop the gun, but he did not. When Hay opened the front door, he raised the gun and pointed it at Smith. She fired, striking Hay. She then secured his weapon and gave first aid. She noted the suspect was “extremely intoxicated.”

Hay was returned to the Iredell County jail once he was treated and charged. A magistrate set his bond at $150,000.

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, as is standard procedure. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is also conducting an internal investigation. Smith is on administrative leave while the investigations continue.

Sheriff Darren E. Campbell said, “I always want our officers to come home safe. In this case it appears the deputy responded appropriately to the threat of deadly force she faced, and did everything possible to protect herself and the victim who called us for help.”

According to the report from the sheriff, while “Deputy Smith was rendering medical aid to the suspect, a witness heard him stating ‘I should have just shot her.’”

Comments

Crime

Blotter: Man charged with breaking into used car dealership, stealing Ford Mustang

Crime

Kannapolis man charged with accidentally killing foster brother

Business

Renting out Wrenn House is next on menu for Bell Tower Green Park

Local

City to purchase, replace floating aerator devices for wastewater treatment

Business

NC Community College president details importance of connection between businesses, educational institutions

Entertainment

Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired prop gun on movie set that killed woman

Coronavirus

CDC panel recommends expanded COVID-19 vaccine booster rollout

News

Truck driver killed after collision with school bus in Newton

Crime

Iredell County man charged with murder after three bodies found in burned Statesville house

Crime

Massive search for Laundrie ends as FBI identifies remains in Florida

Cleveland

Nation’s largest barn quilt mural to be unveiled in Cleveland on Saturday

College

Charlotte among six schools joining American Athletic Conference

Crime

Few details available after Kannapolis shooting claims life

Business

East Spencer apparel store will host free luncheon for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

College

Catawba College receives record $200 million contribution to endowment

Crime

Blotter: Bullet holes found at Salisbury home

Crime

Rowan Sheriff’s Office releases details of NASCAR driver’s assault at coworker’s home

Elections

Council candidates discuss city’s handling of ‘Fame’ relocation, protesting, pandemic

Business

Making Memore: Entrepreneurs harness power of Kannapolis’ Food Innovation Lab

Education

Shoutouts

Business

DuPont purchases Salisbury-based manufacturing business

Christmas Happiness

Christmas Bureau opens applications for families to get holiday assistance

Education

Spencer Library hosts life pathways event

Local

Salisbury-Rowan NAACP President Gemale Black seeking state branch’s top spot