Crime & Courts

Police: Salisbury man’s fatal shooting was in self-defense

The fatal shooting of a Salisbury man in September was a case of self-defense, and no charges will be filed against the shooter, police said Thursday.

Police responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block of Rachel Lane and found a man and a woman who had been shot.

Nathan Pant, 37, of Salisbury, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tonya Wilks, who lived at the home, was treated at Novant Rowan Regional Medical Center for a gunshot wound to the leg and released, police said.

Desmond Kirkland of China Grove also was shot in the home. He was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle before police arrived. He was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder and released.

All three were shot with the same gun, police said.

Police determined that an attempted armed robbery had gone wrong during a narcotics sale, and a struggle over the gun followed. That’s when all three were shot, police said.

After a review of the investigative reports and an autopsy exam, the evidence shows Pant was killed “in defense of others and in self-defense,” police announced Thursday.

Police have not named the person who shot and killed Pant.

On Wednesday, however, police arrested Wilks and another woman, Tiodomira Caudillo, on drug and other charges.

Caudillo was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a controlled substance, attempt to sell and conspiracy to sell a controlled substance. She was jailed on $20,000 bail.

Wilks was charged with conspiracy to sell a controlled substance and an unrelated count of assault inflicting serious injury. She was jailed on $4,000 bail.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak