Suspect Arrested in Early Morning Shooting

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Suspect Arrested in Early Morning Shooting



Suspect Arrested in Early Morning Shooting:

JEFFERSON, N.C.- Sheriff B. Phil Howell announces the arrest of a suspect in
connection with a domestic-related shooting in Laurel Springs area of Ashe County.

At approximately 1:30 A.M. on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Ashe County 911
Dispatch received a call from Ashe Memorial Hospital requesting assistance with a
possible gunshot wound victim in their Emergency Department.

Sgt. Chris Green and Deputy Scott Milam, both of the Ashe
County Sheriff’s Office, responded to Ashe Memorial Hospital
wherein they met with the adult victim. The victim advised
the deputies that they had driven themselves to the hospital
after having been shot by the suspect during an argument at
their home in the Peak Creek Community.

The suspect who is identified as James Ethan Dunnagan was
subsequently detained without incident by deputies.

Dunnagan was transported to the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office
where he was interviewed by Special Victims Detective
Jennifer DeSpain and charged.


James Ethan Dunnagan, 21 years-old, of Laurel Springs, N.C.


Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Serious Injury


Bond has not yet been set as of the issuance of this press release.