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Fort Bragg soldier out of hospital, in police custody

Posted January 25, 2012 8:04 a.m. EST
Updated January 25, 2012 7:30 p.m. EST

— 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.

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.