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Jackson Springs man charged after being shot by deputies

Posted March 7, 2011 4:11 p.m. EST
Updated March 8, 2011 5:57 a.m. EST

— 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.

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.