ROWAN COUNTY - According to a release from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a reported shooting accident on June 9 around 11:10 p.m. Deputies secured the scene so EMS could arrive and treat the victim.
Roy Jacob Bryant, 23, was transported to Rowan Regional Medical Center with a shotgun wound to his body. Bryant died of his injuries a short time later.
During the investigation, detectives determined Bryant and his 22-year-old cousin, Timothy Scott Glover, had been drinking liquor and that Glover had a shotgun in his possession that discharged and struck Bryant in the abdomen.
Authorities said the weapon originally reported to have been involved in this incident was a .410 shotgun. After investigation, detectives determined the actual weapon was a sawed-off 20 gauge shotgun. The shotgun has been recovered and is considered an illegal weapon.
The investigation revealed that Glover was impaired on alcohol and acted carelessly with the shotgun, as well as being in possession of an illegal weapon, authorities said.
The case was presented to the District Attorney’s Office and Glover was charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and felony possession of a weapon of mass death and destruction.
Glover surrendered himself to the Sheriff’s Office for service of the warrants.