Man accused of shooting at Alexander firefighters

  

PRESS RELEASE

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at approximately 5:30 PM, Alexander County Communications received a grass fire call outside a residence located on Icard Ridge Road in the Bethlehem Community. The Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the location on Icard Ridge Road. Upon arrival, the firemen heard a loud pop and later learned that a man who lived across the street had discharged a firearm in the direction of the firemen. The firemen told the occupant of the property to go back into his residence, and retreated to the fire truck, where he radioed for law enforcement backup to respond emergency traffic reference shots fired. Deputies from Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to the backup request, where they found Michael Douglas Porter, W/M, age 54, of Icard Ridge Road, Taylorsville. He was charged with Felony Assault with Deadly Weapon on Emergency Personnel. He was transported to the Alexander County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $20,000 secured bond with a first appearance date of July 16, 2018 in Alexander County District Court. Investigation is continuing.

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, additional charges were filed in connection with this incident. Porter was charged with two counts of Felony Assault with Deadly Weapon Intent to Kill. His bond increased to $100,000 secured by the Magistrate’s Office.

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