Crime & Courts

2nd suspect charged in shooting of Caldwell County deputy

Wichita Eagle file

A second suspect has been charged in connection with the shooting of a Caldwell County deputy.

Deputy Jordan Sherrill, 21, was shot at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday on Cheraw Road, near Pisgah Church Road, while conducting a traffic stop.

James Edgar Roberts, 47, was arrested in connection with the case on Thursday night.

The man accused of shooting Sherrill, Kerry Edwin Townsend, was killed during a confrontation with SWAT officers at a home on Zacks Ford Road in Lenoir on Tuesday.

Sheriff Alan Jones said Townsend fired at SWAT members when they surrounded the vacant home, and officers fired back.

Townsend’s girlfriend, Stephanie Lee Sipes, was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact of an attempted murder.

Investigators believe Roberts drove Townsend and Sipes around with knowledge of their roles in the deputy’s shooting. He was charged with accessory after the fact to an assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was jailed on a $1 million bail.

Sherrill was approaching a stopped vehicle and wearing a protective vest when he was shot just below the vest, the sheriff’s office said. He was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. The deputy is out of surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

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