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Deputies fire shots as suspect flees

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Deputies fired two shots at a fleeing suspect during a disturbance call Sunday night after the man pointed a shiny, concealed object at them, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident occurred just before midnight at 3919 Frontier Lane in Pumpkin Center, according to a department press release.
Deputies said they responded to the home after someone at the residence dialed the Communications Center and hung-up.
They additionally heard screaming in the background, the release said.
After 32-year-old resident Jonathan Robert Pearson spotted deputies at his home, he exited the house through the back door, where Sgt. Steve Grinnell was waiting, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Grinnell chased Pearson on foot after he refused to halt, according to deputies. During the chase, Pearson flashed a shiny object that had been concealed in his hand in his waistband, deputies said.
Pearson pulled the object from his waistband and pointed it at deputies, refusing to show his hands on command, officers said.
Grinnell responded by firing two shots, neither of which hit Pearson, who fell to the ground, allowing deputies to handcuff him, the release said.
The Sheriff’s Office said the man admitted to taking Xanax and was “highly intoxicated” during the incident.
Earlier that night, Pearson and a female resident had gotten into a fight, and he knocked her to the ground, refusing to let her dial 911, deputies said.
Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported Pearson to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln for a self-inflicted laceration on his arm before sending him to the magistrate’s office where he was later charged.
Pearson faces one misdemeanor count each of interfering with emergency communication and assault on a female by a male over 18 years of age along with two misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer.
Pearson has since been released on a $3,000 secured bond.
The North Carolina Department of Correction website showed that he spent at least two years in prison following a felony breaking and entering conviction in McDowell County in 2007.
Three years earlier, Pearson received a felony conviction in Lincoln County for drug-related charges. In 2001, a number of felony offenses were added to his criminal record for similar charges. He additionally has convictions in Caldwell and Catawba counties, according to NC DOC.

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