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Firefighter charged after pointing gun at driver in North Carolina

Woman also charged for driving into the emergency scene

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North Carolina Firefighter Jeffery Sherwood is now charged with misdemeanor assault after pointing his gun at a driver last Saturday in Columbus County. News reports indicate Sherwood has also been suspended pending an investigation by the board of directors of ADR Fire-Rescue.

The woman who had the gun pointed at her has also been charged for driving her vehicle into an emergency scene.

Local news reports indicate that Sherwood was open-carrying his personal weapon at a crash scene. Another firefighter was in a confrontation with Shantasia Donique Williams when Sherwood pulled his gun. Sherwood has said he was worried the driver was going to run him down.

Hannah Patrick, WWAY-TV:

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office conducted a thorough investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, Jeffery Scott Sherwood was charged with misdemeanor Assault by Pointing a Gun. He was served at the Sheriff’s Office on June 18, 2021.

Shantasia Donique Williams was issued an infraction for NC GS§ 20-157 (f)(2): (f) When an authorized emergency vehicle as described in subsection (a) of this section is parked or standing within 12 feet of a roadway and is giving a warning signal by appropriate light, the driver of every other approaching vehicle shall, as soon as it is safe and when not otherwise directed by an individual lawfully directing traffic, do one of the following: (2) Slow the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for traffic conditions, and operate the vehicle at a reduced speed until completely past the authorized emergency vehicle. This paragraph applies only if the roadway has only one lane for traffic proceeding in the direction of the approaching vehicle or if the approaching vehicle may not change lanes safely and without interfering with any vehicular traffic.

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News release from Columbus County Sheriff’s Office:

June 18, 2021

FIREFIGHTER CHARGED FOR WEEKEND INCIDENT

Bolton, NC – On June 15, 2021, Shantasia Donique Williams, 24, of Wilmington, filed a report with Columbus County Sheriff’s Office in reference to an incident that occurred on June 12th. Williams reported that she was traveling on Andrew Jackson Highway East, Bolton when she observed what appeared to be a motor vehicle accident. Fire and Emergency Medical Services were on scene. Williams continued traveling past the accident. Williams then turned around using the median and traveled back to the accident scene. A verbal confrontation ensued between Williams and emergency personnel on scene. At this time, a firetruck moved to block Williams’ current lane of travel. Jeffery Scott Sherwood, 51, of Riegelwood, stepped in front of Williams’ vehicle and pointed a handgun at Williams. Sherwood pointed the firearm at Williams for a period of time. Once the Fire Chief arrived on scene, Sherwood put away the firearm. After speaking with the Fire Chief, Williams left the scene.
Columbus County Sheriff’s Office conducted a thorough investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, Jeffery Scott Sherwood was charged with misdemeanor Assault by Pointing a Gun. He was served at the Sheriff’s Office on June 18, 2021. Shantasia Donique Williams was issued an infraction for NC GS§ 20-157 (f)(2): (f) When an authorized emergency vehicle as described in subsection (a) of this section is parked or standing within 12 feet of a roadway and is giving a warning signal by appropriate light, the driver of every other approaching vehicle shall, as soon as it is safe and when not otherwise directed by an individual lawfully directing traffic, do one of the following:

(2) Slow the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for traffic conditions, and operate the vehicle at a reduced speed until completely past the authorized emergency vehicle. This paragraph applies only if the roadway has only one lane for traffic proceeding in the direction of the approaching vehicle or if the approaching vehicle may not change lanes safely and without interfering with any vehicular traffic.

Sheriff Greene and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators would like to thank the District Attorney’s Office for their guidance during this investigation.

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