Driver repossessing vehicle shot by owner as he’s hunting from tree stand

Nathan Monroe Myers, Cherryville
Nathan Monroe Myers, Cherryville courtesy of Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department

A hunter shot a driver for Collateral Recovery in Lincoln County on Tuesday as the driver and his brother tried to repossess the hunter’s vehicle.

The hunter, Nathan Monroe Myers, 39, of Cherryville, was perched on a tree stand when he saw his vehicle being hooked to a tow truck, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Myers fired his .308 hunting rifle at the truck, the bullet piercing the back of the cab and hitting Ernest Brown, 30, of Lawndale in the side, deputies said.

Brown and his brother Elijah, 22, drove off and stopped 2 miles later to call 911. Lincoln County EMS took Ernest Brown to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln for treatment.

Myers was arrested at the scene. After being interviewed by authorities, he was charged with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm into an occupied conveyance in operation and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He is being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincolnton under $50,000 secured bond. He’ll be given a first court appearance on Wednesday in Lincoln County District Court.

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