Shooting suspect charged with resisting arrest

May. 20, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

A verbal altercation in an apartment complex parking lot last week ended with a shooting suspect being charged with resisting police.
According to Sgt. Brad Sainting, Thomasville police received a call on May 15 at 2:09 p.m. regarding a shooting in an apartment parking lot at 111 South St.
Davidson County Emergency Communications told police that the suspect involved in the shooting was leaving the scene and provided officers a description of the vehicle.
Officers located the suspect a short time later at the intersection of East Main Street and National Highway. While attempting to detain Steven Louis Gainey, 57, of 111 South St., the suspect resisted police and eventually was placed into custody.
“A civil dispute culminated in a shooting that afternoon,” said Saintsing. “When officers tried to detain Gainey to further investigate the shooting, he resisted.”
The victim, who Saintsing said had relatives that lived at the apartment complex, was treated at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center for a shooting-related injury to his foot and released.
According to Saintsing, the two men had an ongoing dispute involving damage to Gainey’s vehicle that started earlier that day. The shooting occurred approximately 45 minutes before police received the 911 call and did not result in any charges.
“[Resisting arrest] is the only charge resulting from the case,” Saintsing said. “The victim declined to prosecute.”
Saintsing said alcohol was not a factor.

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