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Shots fired in two incidents



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Deputies have charged two people in the last week in unrelated instances of domestic dispute involving gunshots fired, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

Officers responded around 9:30 p.m. Monday to home on Sawdust Trail in Denver and arrested Gary Wayne Erricson, 46, for allegedly shooting multiple holes in the home’s walls during an altercation. Deputies, who seized a pistol and 20-gauge shotgun from the crime scene, also spotted broken furniture and glass inside the residence, they said.

Erricson is also accused of shooting a pet snake on site.

Deputies said the bullet holes and additional mess inside the home stemmed from a domestic dispute.

The suspect faces one count felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and cruelty to animals along with one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Erricson, who has since posted a $20,000 secured bond, has a record in Lincoln County for misdemeanor breaking and entering in 2007, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website.

A South Carolina judge also found him guilty of first-degree burglary and larceny, both felony offenses, in 1992, the site showed.

Two days earlier, in a separate incident, deputies charged Bryan David Hughes, 33, of 908 Ranch Road in Charlotte, with striking his father with a shovel and firing a pistol during an argument at a home on Sedgewood Lane, a few miles east of Lincolnton, a report said.

Deputies went to the residence after a parcel delivery service driver told them two males were involved in a dispute and that one of the parties was firing a weapon, the Sheriff’s Office told the Times-News.

Hughes fled the property in a gold truck when law enforcement arrived on scene, a report said. Deputies apprehended the vehicle a short distance away and said they located a pistol in the truck’s console.

While a crew with Emergency Medical Services also responded to the home to treat the victim, he refused EMS care, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Hughes, charged with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm into occupied property, remains in the Lincoln County jail under a $50,000 secured bond.


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