Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Saturday, May 23, 2020, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to 197 Deerchase Circle in reference to a domestic dispute. When the deputies arrived at the location, they did not find anyone on scene.
While searching the area for evidence, a 911 hang-up call was received coming from 251 Deerchase Circle. The deputies were going to this residence when they heard gunshots close to them.
Upon arriving at 251 Deerchase Circle, the responding officers located two men leaving the residence at 251 Deerchase Circle, these men were detained as the investigation continued.
The deputies knocked and announced their presence before entering the home. Once inside the house they found the homeowner who had a gunshot wound.
Deputies administered care and first aid to the victim until EMS arrived on scene. The victim was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Health with non-life threatening injuries.
Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrived at the location, and started processing the scene and interviewing witnesses, and neighbors. Detectives learned Bradley Dewayne Potter of Harmony and Aaron James Byrd of Statesville had been involved in a fight with the homeowner.
During the argument, Aaron Byrd picked up a firearm, owned by the homeowner, and pointed it at the victim. Bradley Potter then took the firearm from Byrd, fired multiple shots at the homeowner as he fled into his residence. As Byrd and Potter were leaving the residence, Potter turned back to the house and fired again into the residence. The firearm was located on the side of the road near where the deputies spotted Potter and Byrd.
Based upon all of the evidence gathered from this investigation, both suspects were arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where they were charged with;
Bradley Dewayne Potter, Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injuries, Felony Discharge Weapon into Occupied Dwelling, Felony Larceny of Firearm, and Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Magistrate R. Imes set a bond of 100,000.00 dollars secured bond on these charges.
Aaron James Byrd, Misdemeanor Assault by Pointing a Gun. Magistrate S. Watkins issued a 2,500.00 dollar secured bond on this charge.