Gun stolen from home of firefighter who was shot recovered


IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. - A gun stolen from the home of a volunteer firefighter who was shot in the head by thieves has been recovered in Iredell County.

Authorities said the .45 caliber Glock was recovered on Tuesday. The gun was taken from the home of Marcus Kauffman, who was shot outside the Cleveland house on Dec. 2 when he and his pregnant wife returned from a Thanksgiving trip to find the home being burglarized.

Authorities have said previously that Kauffman may have been shot with a gun stolen from the home, but they will not be able to tell if the recovered gun was the weapon used in the shooting until it undergoes lab testing.

Deputies arrested 23-year-old Khari McClelland, who they suspect is the triggerman, on Monday. McClelland, 19-year-old Jaylend Turner and 25-year-old Michael Teasley are charged in the crime. Officers are still looking for Tramel Hart, who is wanted as an accessory to the crime.

Kauffman was critically injured and remains hospitalized.

A Facebook page has been set up in Kauffman's honor. You can visit it by clicking here.