Crime & Courts

Man accused of trying to kill Gaston County police officer by shooting into home

A man is accused of trying to kill a Gaston County police officer by shooting into the officer’s home near Cherryville on Aug. 28.

Bradley Gene Mellon, 27, was arrested on charges of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon, police said Tuesday night. Mellon is last known to have lived in Lawndale in Cleveland County, police said.

Bradley Gene Mellon
Bradley Gene Mellon Gaston County Police

Shortly before 6 a.m., shots were fired into the officer’s home on Tot Dellinger Court, just outside of Cherryville. The officer had just gotten off duty and was in the home with family, police said. No one was injured. The officer’s name has not been released.

The Gaston County Police Department thanked numerous agencies for their help in searching for Mellon, including the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Cherryville Police, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Hickory Police, N.C. State Highway Patrol and N.C. Division of Probation and Parole.

Police are not saying what evidence led them to Mellon. “This investigation is still very active and will continue,” police said in a statement.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call Gaston County Police at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak