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Fort Bragg soldier out of hospital, in police custody

Posted January 25, 2012

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— A Fort Bragg soldier is out of the hospital and in custody after being treated for injuries he received during a police shootout nearly two weeks ago.

Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer, 30, was released from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill on Tuesday and faced a District Court judge in a Cumberland County courtroom Wednesday on 30 charges stemming from the Jan. 13 standoff.

Police say Eisenhauer fired several shots at police and firefighters responding to a fire at his third-floor apartment in the Austin Creek Apartments complex and then barricaded himself inside.

Four hours later, a special response team used explosives to take down the door to Eisenhauer's apartment. He was found injured on the kitchen floor.

Authorities haven't said how he was injured, but court records show police fired back. His father said last week that his son had three gunshot wounds.

Eisenhauer faces 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.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer Soldier in court after police shootout

He is being held at Central Prison in Raleigh under an $825,000 bond. A judge on Wednesday ordered him there after his attorney said he needed continued medical treatment.

Eisenhauer is assigned to Fort Bragg's Warrior Transition Battalion, which is for soldiers who have been physically or mentally wounded in combat.

A former squad leader said that Eisenhauer had been on a number of medications to treat injuries from deployments and post-traumatic stress and that he had been overwhelmed by the physical and mental stress associated with returning home.

Two Fayetteville police officers, James Tart, 41, and Timothy Trull, 44, are on administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigation conducts a routine investigation into the shooting.

Tart has been with the police department since May 1995, and Trull since December 2005. Both men are assigned to the Cross Creek District.

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  • loprestw Jan 26, 2012

    still hopeful: To insult people over an opinion shows their education level and maturity. You see how many soldiers here on Ft. Bragg claim PTSD and not even in a combat arm MOS or even seen combat. They deploy overseas and to a war zone but eat very well go to movies and do support jobs. But they see free money by claiming PTSD. Soldiers just like everyone are responsible for their actions and not some cry baby who makes excuses.

  • ernestoham47 Jan 25, 2012

    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.
    I bet six of the nine counts of felony assault on a government official with a firearm were duplicated

  • still hopeful Jan 25, 2012

    Loprestw. . . You have no clue what goes on during war if you think it is all "little stuff." I am ashamed that you are one of the people this man fought for. What should be the real concern is why no one helped him when he had signs of PTSD before this incident. Awareness could help ignorant people like yourself understand what the men and women who suffer from PTSD go through when they come home from all that "little stuff."

  • pirategirl12 Jan 25, 2012

    I just don't know what the answer is here...being a military brat, I have experienced having to wake my dad up by calling his name across the room instead of tapping him, etc because of dreams that he always had from 3 tours in Korea. Although he never talked much about specifics, the few things he did say were rough. Having said that, he never tried to hurt others and hid behind the horrors of war. We def need to show compassion BUT people can NOT be allowed to harm others.

  • u stand corrected Jan 25, 2012

    Ambygirl it just amazes me how stupid civilians are sometimes. They speak about our troops like they have been where they've been and know.

  • u stand corrected Jan 25, 2012

    My child's life was put at risk and I bullets were flying by his head.>>>>>>>>>>>>
    My son too. He was 19 in Iraq.

    So now he is sane enough to be released from UNC and taken to jail???? Yeah right.>>>>>>

    No that is what I am arguing for. He needs help but the right help from the Army.
    As far as I'm concerned he needs to be placed under the jail.
    atouchofpleasure>>>>>>>>>>

    Yeah. Just throw him away now that he has served his country and well. I am sorry for your situation. I am also sorry for this soldier.

  • Ambygirl Jan 25, 2012

    Warrior lover you tell 'em!!! I agree 10000% with everything you have said! NO ONE knows until they have been there!

    Angry you don't have a clue what angry is!! Get over yourself and get some education about what is REALLY going on with our men and women that serve this country every day in these horrible places. Until you have been in their shoes, the only thing you have to be angry about is a broken fingernail!

  • atouchofpleasure Jan 25, 2012

    I am a resident of the Apartment Complex and had to be evaciated from my home that night with my 1 year old son. It really bothers me that shots were fired back knowing that people were home. Now I have bullets wholes in my son's room and in his bathroom. I still jump when hearing loud noises. My son is scared to sleep in his room now and I have the bullet wholes to constantly remind me of that night still in the walls. And you're right I have not served in the military, but I am human. My child's life was put at risk and I bullets were flying by his head. So now he is sane enough to be released from UNC and taken to jail???? Yeah right. As far as I'm concerned he needs to be placed under the jail.

  • u stand corrected Jan 25, 2012

    -- Almost half of all male Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD had been arrested or in jail at least once, 34.2 percent more than once and 11.5 percent had been convicted of a felony, according to the same survey.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/06/22/MNGJ7DCKR71.DTL&type=health

    Wow actual facts!!!

  • u stand corrected Jan 25, 2012

    While post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was not officially recognized as a clinical condition until 1980 -- it was called "battle fatigue" or "shell shock" in wars prior to Vietnam -- there have been studies of the symptoms in earlier conflicts.

    WORLD WAR II
    -- The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder estimates that one of every 20 World War II veterans suffered symptoms such as bad dreams, irritability and flashbacks.

    -- According to Department of Veterans Affairs' statistics in 2004, 25, 000 World War II veterans were still receiving disability compensation for PTSD-related symptoms.

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