An Alexander County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering at home from injuries he sustained responding to a breaking-and-entering call Tuesday evening.
At about 6:50 p.m. the communications centerreceived a call about a breaking-and-entering in progress on Open Way Drive. Although Deputy Roger Moose was off-duty, he was near the area, so he told communications that he would respond, according to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. On-duty officers also responded to the call, however Moose arrived first.
When Moose got there, he saw four men. He ordered them to stay where they were. Although three of them did, one did not, charging Moose and attacking him, said Sheriff Chris Bowman. During the “violent struggle,” the man also fought with Moose for the deputy’s weapon.
“They struggled over the weapon, but the deputy avoided having him get it,” Bowman said.
About two minutes after Moose arrived, a responding NC Highway Patrolman approached. Bowman said the sirens scared the suspect, and he fled into the nearby woods. The three other men remained with officers, Bowman said.
Moose and other witnesses called 911 about the altercation, and additional officers arrived, as well as a K9 unit. The suspect was tracked to the roof of an outbuilding at his home on Raintree Park, which is about a mile away, Bowman said.
Although officers were at his home, the suspect did not surrender.
At about 9 p.m., he “made an aggressive approach toward the arresting officers,” so they used a Taser, according to the sheriff’s office. He was then arrested.
The suspect, Christopher Dales, 23, was charged with one count of assault on a government official inflicting serious bodily injury and two counts of resist, obstruct and delay an officer. He was given a $50,000 secured bond. His brother, Joseph Dales, 19, was charged with one count of accessory after the fact. He was given a$2,500 secured bond. He has since bonded out of jail.
Bowman said Joseph Dales was charged with accessory after the fact because officers believe Joseph knew his brother was at the house. Officers also believe Joseph gave his brother clothing. When he was on the roof of the outbuilding he was wearing a shirt, whereas when Moose confronted him, he was not wearing one,Bowman said.
Moose sustained injuries to his back, left arm and several other areas of his body. He was taken by patrol car to Iredell Memorial Hospital, and was released later that night.
“He didn’t have any broken bones, luckily,” Bowman said.
Additional charges about the possible breaking-and-entering may be forthcoming, Bowman said. Officers are continuing the investigation.