A man and his uncle fired a gun at passing cars in northern Iredell County while drinking beer and watching their lawnmower and vehicle burn, and the uncle was later injured after he set his house on fire, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies also shot the uncle, Jimmy Carson Messer, with a Taser as he resisted arrest, Sheriff Darren Campbell said.
The incident happened after 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Messer’s house in the 800 block of Blackwelder Road, north of Statesville, according to a press release. Deputies say a passing driver reported the two men had fired a gun at them.
Deputies arrived at the home and found Messer, 62, with his 30-year-old nephew, Bobby Lee Messer Jr. The two were in the front yard, drinking beer and watching a vehicle and a lawnmower that were fully engulfed in flames, the release said.
Bobby Messer told deputies that he had a gun in his pocket, the sheriff’s office said. After talking with the men, both were arrested.
Jimmy Messer then slipped out of his handcuffs and resisted arrest. Campbell said Jimmy Messer was shot with a Taser to take him into custody.
The fires were still burning in the yard while the arrests took place.
Bobby Messer, of the 3300 block of Hickory Highway, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon related to firing his gun at passing cars. He was given a $5,000 secured bond.
His uncle was charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying the investigation and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
Jimmy Messer went back to his home on Blackwelder Road late that night, the release said. Around 3:50 a.m. on Wednesday, he set fire to his home.
Ebenezer, Cool Springs and Harmony fire departments responded to the fire. The extent of the damage wasn’t immediately available.
Jimmy Messer was injured in the fire, according to the sheriff’s office. Iredell EMS transported him to Iredell Memorial Hospital for treatment. His condition wasn’t released.
Deputies are still investigating and no additional charges have been filed.