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Man arrested for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill

Ethan Scott Young

(Updated Mar. 11, 2:11 p.m.)      

Hiddenite man arrested for shooting at neighbor,
vehicle, and State Trooper's home

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged 21 year old Ethan Scott Young, of Hiddenite, with one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and felony discharging a weapon into an occupied residence or vehicle.
The charges stem from an incident that began Thursday night, March 10, off Damascus Church Road in Hiddenite. Ethan Scott Young is said to have been firing a rifle when he was approached by a neighbor complaining that some of the bullets were landing close to his residence. An altercation ensued between the two men, during which time the neighbor wrestled the rifle away from Young, according to Tod Jones, Chief Deputy of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office.

Young then allegedly produced another weapon. At this point, Young began following the neighbor in a vehicle; Young allegedly fired multiple shots at the vehicle driven by the neighbor.

The neighbor then stated he knew that a North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper lived off Johnson’s Farm Road and he went there for possible assistance. The vehicles then ended up at the Trooper’s residence. Young is said to have fired at least seven shots, striking the home of the Trooper. The Trooper and his family were elsewhere at the time of the incident.

During the incident, an off-duty Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputy who was nearby was contacted by phone. The officer then responded and was able to take Young into custody near the scene. No one was hit with the gunfire and there were no injuries reported.

Ethan Scott Young was taken to the Alexander County Detention Center and placed under a $250,000 secured bond. 

Jones said the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the NC Highway Patrol, Taylorsville Police, and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

There is no indication that the Highway Patrol Trooper, whose home was struck with gunfire, had any previous dealings with the suspect.


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