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Bragg soldier charged after standoff at Fayetteville apartment

Posted January 14, 2012
Updated January 16, 2012

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— A Fort Bragg soldier faces a slew of charges after allegedly shooting at police and firefighters Friday during a four-hour standoff at his Fayetteville apartment.

Staff Sgt. Joshua P. Eisenhauer was charged Saturday with 15 counts of attempted murder, six counts of felony assault on a law enforcement official with a firearm and nine counts of felony assault on a government official with a firearm, police said.

Eisenhauer, 30, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and later to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill to be treated for critical injuries he suffered during the standoff.

Authorities would not confirm whether Eisenhauer was injured by officers' return fire, an explosive blast that allowed police inside the apartment or a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Eisenhauer's father, Mark Eisenhauer, said he "doesn't understand" what could have happened.

Austin Creek Apartments Fort Bragg soldier fires on police, firefighters

"I thank God that Joshua didn't hurt anyone," Mark Eisenhauer said. "Joshua is a soldier trained by the best Army in the world. Had he intended on hurting anyone, why is he the only one with multiple bullet holes in him?"

The Army said Eisenhauer, who was deployed three times to Iraq and Afghanistan, is assigned to Fort Bragg's Warrior Transition Battalion, which is often for soldiers who have been physically or mentally wounded in combat.

Neighbors told WRAL News that he lives alone and kept to himself, but has some psychological issues. They said Eisenhauer texted his ex-girlfriend Friday night, telling her to take care of herself and that he didn't want to be a burden.

The standoff started around 10 p.m. Friday, when firefighters were called to Austin Creek Apartments off 71st School Road to investigate reports of smoke, which neighbors said was coming from the balcony where Eisenhauer threw his cigarettes.

When firefighters couldn't get into the apartment, they called for backup.

Police officers arrived at the scene and that's when, they said, Eisenhauer fired multiple shots and then barricaded himself inside the third-floor apartment.

Neighbor Kennedy Frierson said the gunfire "sounded like a war zone."

Residents were evacuated from the apartment building, and Frierson said many of his neighbors were crying.

Neighbors evacuated during Fayetteville standoff Neighbors evacuated during Fayetteville standoff

"(One) girl said bullets came through her door and into the back bedroom where her kid was," he said. "It was really scary."

After four hours of trying to contact Eisenhauer, police called in a special team to take down the door with explosives shortly after 2 a.m.

Eisenhauer was found injured on the kitchen floor.

Police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said two officers suffered minor injuries. One officer was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, while the other was treated on site.

The two officers who returned fire will be placed on administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigation looks into the incident. That is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting.

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  • kermit60 Jan 17, 2012

    After ten years of war, multiple deploymemts for many and rules that favor the bad guy, I don't think this will be the last of this type of problem.

  • brmyspots Jan 16, 2012

    former NFL linebacker. "defensive". Yeah I bet he is defensive. I was in a pub in Chicago when a bunch of defensive linemen from the Bears came in. Those guys are like 6'7" and 270 pounds of nothing but muscle. Linebackers are typically the defensive captains and are aggressive as anything. Yeah he has my respect and I am glad he takes it seriously. Also glad he is on our side!!luvabigdog

    I know him pretty well and you could say we're related. He's pretty "huge" would be an appropriate term. I never expected football player to be really smart but the guy has a MS in a hard science and speaks like 4 languages. His deployments are only about 2 weeks at a time though cause he does special type of work. He is a good man.

  • thepeopleschamp Jan 16, 2012

    "Is he in the army? Might be why he is so defensive about this guy." jesseramone

    So when another soldier screws up he shouldn't be judged by their actions, correct? Now if we could all have that same standard that would be fair, correct?

  • luvabigdog Jan 16, 2012

    Might be why he is so defensive about this guy. jesseramone

    former NFL linebacker. "defensive". Yeah I bet he is defensive. I was in a pub in Chicago when a bunch of defensive linemen from the Bears came in. Those guys are like 6'7" and 270 pounds of nothing but muscle. Linebackers are typically the defensive captains and are aggressive as anything. Yeah he has my respect and I am glad he takes it seriously. Also glad he is on our side!!

  • yourmadscientist Jan 16, 2012

    Is he in the army? Might be why he is so defensive about this guy.jesseramone
    No not a soldier. He's a marine. He's a little touchy when it comes to defending service members. He quit the NFL as a linebacker to become a marine so he takes it pretty seriously.

    I bet he takes it seriously. Dont think i would ever leave the NFL to get shot at. Ok. I respect him now.

  • u stand corrected Jan 16, 2012

    Much love to you loves2dostuff!!!

  • brmyspots Jan 16, 2012

    Is he in the army? Might be why he is so defensive about this guy.jesseramone

    No not a soldier. He's a marine. He's a little touchy when it comes to defending service members. He quit the NFL as a linebacker to become a marine so he takes it pretty seriously.

  • jesseramone Jan 16, 2012

    "What did this guy do to warrant an invasion into his home?" love2dostuff

    Uhhh, attemted murder. thepeopleschamp

    Don't be too hard on love2dostuff folks. He just left on his 5th deployment this morning. Might be gone a little while methinks.brmyspots

    Is he in the army? Might be why he is so defensive about this guy.

  • brmyspots Jan 16, 2012

    "What did this guy do to warrant an invasion into his home?" love2dostuff

    Uhhh, attemted murder. thepeopleschamp

    Don't be too hard on love2dostuff folks. He just left on his 5th deployment this morning. Might be gone a little while methinks.

  • michaelclay Jan 16, 2012

    Well stated thepeopleschamp.

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