Authorities arrested a third suspect Monday in connection with last weeks shooting of a Rowan County man during an apparent home burglary.
Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, of Harmony in northern Iredell County, was arrested in Catawba County, the Rowan County Sheriffs Office said.
McClelland was wanted on charges of attempted murder, larceny of a firearm, breaking and entering and larceny. The Rowan sheriffs office says McClelland was returned to Rowan County late Tuesday and jailed under $5 million bond.
The victim, 25-year-old Marcus Kauffman of Rowan County, remains in critical condition in Carolinas Medical Center, where he is being treated for a gunshot wound to the head.
The Rowan County Sheriffs Office is still looking for Tramel Devon Hart, 18, of Statesville.
Two of four men wanted in the case were arrested Saturday: Jaylend Daquann Turner, 19, and Michael Swayne Teasley, 25. Both are from Statesville.
Investigators previously said they believed McClelland was one of the two men thought to have been burglarizing Kauffmans home when the volunteer firefighter confronted the burglary last Monday morning.
Turner was arrested on the same charges as McClelland.
Hart and Teasley face charges of accessory after the fact.
Kauffman and his wife, Maryann, were returning Dec. 2 to their home on Chenault Drive in the western part of Rowan County after Thanksgiving weekend trip. They saw a car stopped near their house, so Kauffman dropped off his wife at a neighbors home.
He went to his house and was shot. Arrest warrants accuse McClelland of taking computers, a game console and a handgun from Kauffmans residence.
Meanwhile, friends and family of Marcus Kauffman say he continues to battle complications from the shooting. The biggest problem has been brain swelling.
A fund has been established to help pay for Kauffmans medical bills.
Donations should be made payable to Cleveland Believers Fellowship and sent to Cleveland Believers Fellowship, 3700 South River Church Road, Woodleaf, NC 27054. Mark Benevolence in the memo field. Staff writer Elisabeth Arriero contributed.
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