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Jackson Springs man charged after being shot by deputies

Posted March 7, 2011
Updated March 8, 2011

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— Moore County sheriff's officials charged a man shot during an altercation with deputies Monday afternoon with three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, authorities said Monday evening.

Garland Wayne Bass, 61, of 2305 Flowers Road in Jackson Springs, was taken to UNC Hospitals for treatment of his injuries. He was listed in critical condition Tuesday morning.

No officers were injured.

Two Moore County deputies responded to calls of shots fired shortly after 3 p.m. at Bass' mobile home, after a neighbor said Bass shot at her.

"The guy just went crazy, started shooting," said Debra Daniels, who lives next to Bass. "He just said, 'Get in the house for your safety.'"

Daniels said she ran inside, called police and laid on the floor waiting for authorities to arrive.

Deputies said Bass was armed with a shotgun when they arrived on the scene, and they called a third deputy for help.

"He refused to drop his weapon," said Major Ronnie Fields of the Moore County Sheriff's Office. "At some point, there was an exchange of gunfire."

"Bullets are firing from his house to my house," Daniels said. "You don't know who is going to get shot, what is going to happen."

Daniels said there were dozens of gunshots. Bass was injured, authorities said.

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Bass had two convictions for simple assault in 1988 and 1989, according to court records.

The shooting was being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation. The three deputies involved were placed on administrative duty, which is standard procedure whenever an officer discharges a weapon.

No other details were released.

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  • MajorLeagueinfidel Mar 8, 2011

    Funny thing about deadly force...doesn't matter what I think or what anyone else thinks..it all lies in what the person on the recieving end of the threat believes and percieves. Otherwise it's hindsight speculation from the lighted, temperature controlled comfort of the internet. Amazing how much clarity that brings in the ability to judge police shootings......

  • Realamerican71 Mar 8, 2011

    Well, if someone was standing outside with a weapon and told me to go "inside". I'd laugh and then comply. I would also inform them as I went inside not to pursue me. Call 911, put it on speakerphone and again instruct the offending party not to pursue me as I retreat. Once safely inside my house and communicating with the 911 operater I would restate, "do not pursue me, do not attempt to enter my home". If the offending party chose to pursue me as I retreated... good luck. My pistol is only cover fire until I get to the big stuff.

  • jennb6996 Mar 8, 2011

    DEBRA DANIELS......My name is Jennifer i went to scc with you awhile back i have been looking for you. Email me if you get this message jennb6996@yahoo.com

  • thepeopleschamp Mar 8, 2011

    "What about the charges for the shots fired at the neighbor - the reason that these cops were there? This is so lame."
    seankelly15

    Do you think they really forgot all about that part and want to give him a break on charges or something? The guy is still in the hospital isn't he? They'll charge him eventually.

  • mad_dash Mar 8, 2011

    "Hans: "Where does it say he shot at them first?"-
    From the story: "At some point, there was an exchange of gunfire." "You don't know who is going to get shot, what is going to happen." "Daniels said there were dozens of gunshots".. IMO Chances are the suspect started it..

  • Hans Mar 8, 2011

    "Hans: "Where does it say he shot at them first?"

    What makes you believe a suspect has to fire his weapon before he can be shot dead?" - deathrow.

    I don't believe any such thing. Heck, as we have seen far too often lately, a suspect doesn't even have to HAVE a weapon to be shot dead by the police. I was merely asking the poster I quoted where it said the suspect fired first because I didn't see that in the story.

  • osok191 Mar 8, 2011

    For all you Cop bashers out there who thinks these officers did not handle this correctly...your right! He should not be in the hospital....

  • seankelly15 Mar 8, 2011

    "...with three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm,"

    Huh? What about the charges for the shots fired at the neighbor - the reason that these cops were there? This is so lame.

  • kayfran4272 Mar 8, 2011

    @Suasponte
    Sensationalism is the word of the day while accuracy(facts) languishes in the shadows.

  • braddavis Mar 8, 2011

    wow.. cops these days.. just dnt know.. waiting for the update to c what happened.
    callmegorgeous
    GOLO member since January 28, 2011
    March 7, 2011 4:13 p.m.
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    ???? Some people shouldn't be allowed to reproduce.

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