Salisbury man who fired at sheriff’s deputies remains in serious condition

Published 3:04 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2020

SALISBURY — A local man who allegedly fired at sheriff’s deputies during a domestic incident at his Dunns Mountain Road home remains in serious condition, according to Rowan County Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford.

Ronald Edward Earnhardt, 62, of the 1400 block of Dunns Mountain Road sustained a significant injury to his neck area after a deputy fired back at Earnhardt. He remains at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The shooting occurred around 9:45 p.m. Friday after deputies were sent to 1435 Dunns Mountain Road for a domestic disturbance call. According to the caller, a man was angry, “tearing up the house” and he had fired several shots inside the home.

According to the sheriff’s office, Earnhardt told several people inside the home he was going to kill them. Once Rowan deputies arrived, Earnhardt continued to fire gunshots inside the home. Deputies made several attempts to negotiate with Earnhardt via phone and direct voice contact.

Deputies helped six people escape from inside the house and evacuate another four people from a shed located in the backyard. Neighbors from a nearby home were also evacuated.

Earnhardt said he would shoot all law enforcement if they didn’t leave before he went to a door and fired at deputies.

According to a statement released this weekend, a member of the sheriff’s office Special Response Team returned fire, striking Earnhardt with a single shot. Rowan EMS provided immediate care to Earnhardt who was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and later transferred to Carolinas Medical Center.

The investigation continues. The State Bureau of Investigation is also conducting a review of the officer-involved shooting.