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Fayetteville man accused of firing at passing trucker

Posted June 18, 2012

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— A Fayetteville man shot into a passing truck last May and tried to kill the driver, Cumberland County detectives said Monday.

Investigators said that Michael Anthony Lee, 49, stood in his garage at 3136 Custer Ave. and fired a rifle at a truck passing by around 6 a.m. May 28.

The truck driver, Morris Taylor, 38, of Fayetteville, said that he thought one of his tires had blown out, so he stopped. When he got out of the truck, he heard another gunshot and saw a man firing at him. Taylor ran into nearby woods for safety as the man kept firing at him.

Lee was arrested Monday on an attempted first-degree murder charge and four counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

He was given a $35,000 bond and placed in the Cumberland County Detention Center. His first court appearance was set for July 2.

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  • Steve Mchugelarge Jun 19, 2012

    They should do a good ol fashioned convot by his house while he is out on bail. If he makes bail

  • Big D 87 Jun 19, 2012

    Semi truck drivers are always disregarding the public's safety, I am shocked that this does not happen more.
    Maybee you need to get up off tail and ride around with a truck driver and then you would have more respect for them. Trucks move everything.

  • Sherlock Jun 18, 2012

    Why so long to arrest him?

  • sammyg Jun 18, 2012

    Was the truck really loud or something? I see that it passed by at 6 am. Maybe he was tired of it rumbling by every morning or something. Not that it makes it right to shoot at the driver, of course.

  • piene2 Jun 18, 2012

    "He was just exercising his "Stand your Garage" rights.
    bigal02282"

    Exactly, this is the new "Make My Day" law in full effect.

  • gabewilliams12 Jun 18, 2012

    I have seen this man arrested before in the Fayetteville Observer. I might be wrong but I dont think so.

  • bluecanary Jun 18, 2012

    "This guy can't possibly be a Vietnam Vet. The Vietnam war ended in 1975. He'd have to have been at least 18-years old to be in the military then. It's 2012 now. Someone would have to be at least 55-years old to be a Vietnam Vet this year, and according to this story, this guy is only 49."

    You could go at 17 back then, with parental permission. Still, either the story has the guy's age wrong, or it's not possible for him to be a Vietnam vet. Unfortunately, this town has a lot of "Vietnam vets" who couldn't possibly have actually served back then. I'm guessing this guy is one of those, and the neighbors are just repeating his stories.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jun 18, 2012

    WOW! This man certainly needs to be locked up from society for a very long time. How about 50 years!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 18, 2012

    Bande - "1st degree murder= $35,000 bond. You are kidding me."

    The charge is ATTEMPTED murder, but still - yeah, I agree with you. $35,000 bond is a joke that could bring this guy back to his house shooting again by paying as little as $3,500.

    And a judge or magistrate thought this was ok? pfffttt

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 18, 2012

    The other channel is saying he said he's a Vietnam Vet and is suffering from PTSD. His neighbors also said that Lee is a Vietnam veteran who shoots guns in his yard on a regular basis.

    This guy can't possibly be a Vietnam Vet. The Vietnam war ended in 1975. He'd have to have been at least 18-years old to be in the military then. It's 2012 now. Someone would have to be at least 55-years old to be a Vietnam Vet this year, and according to this story, this guy is only 49.

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