Man charged in Alexander hunting accident investigation

Ronald Dunn – Picture courtesy of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office


UPDATE: After conferring with the DIstrict Attorey;s Office on February 21, 2018 Investigators have charged Ronald Matthew Dunn, age 31 of Taylorsville, with Involuntary Manslaughter. Dunn was the suspect in the investigation of the shooting death of Michael Seth Marsh that occurred on February 19, 2018. Dunn told authorities that he shot Marsh thinking he was a coyote. He was placed under a $75,000 secure bond and his first appearance is Monday February 26, 2018 at Alexander County District Court.

On February 19, 2018 at approximately 5:52p.m., the Alexander County Communications received a 911 call about a person that had been shot on Edd Burgess Road Extension in Taylorsville. Sheriff’s Officer Personnel, Alexander EMS, first responders, N.C. Highway Patrol, Alexander Rescue, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Taylorsville Fire, and Taylorsville Police Officers responded to the scene. Upon arrival officers found Michael Seth Marsh, white male, age 26 of Taylorsville, suffering from several gunshot wounds to the chest area of his body. Evidence showed that Mr. Marsh was hunting coyotes and had an electronic coyote call. Mr. Marsh had a .12gauge shotgun and a 22/250 Ruger American bolt action rifle that he was using to hunt coyotes.

When officers arrived on the scene they encountered a subject that was assisting in the medical attention of Mr. Marsh. The subject told officers that he heard coyotes screaming in the area. The subject believed the coyotes had trapped something and he went to see what was happening. The subject said he saw something that looked to him like a coyote that had trapped something in a tree. The subject said he fired two shots at the brown and grey movement at the tree. The subject had a .223 hunting rifle. The subject realized he shot Mr. Marsh, rendered aid, and called 911 for help. EMS rendered aid on the scene and Mr. Marsh was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Health… Wilkes Medical Center. Mr. Marsh was pronounced deceased at the hospital at approximately 8:00 P.M.

The case and evidence will be reviewed with the District Attorney’s Office prior to any charges being filed. Officers with N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is assisting the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office in this investigation.

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