• Two arrested in Rowan Co. shooting of firefighter

    By: Eric Philips


    ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. - Two men have been arrested in connection with a recent home break-in that left one man shot in Rowan County, according to a news release from the county’s sheriff’s office.

    Jaylend Daquann Turner, 19, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny of a firearm and felony larceny.  He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under $3 million bond.

    Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, has been charged with accessory after the fact.  He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under $500,000 bond.

    Warrants are still outstanding on the Khari Dewayne McCelland, 23, for attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, and felony larceny of a firearm. Also, there are warrants out for Tramel Devon Hart, 18, for accessory after the fact.

    Authorities said McClelland and another suspect were in the process of stealing items from the home of Rowan County resident Marcus Kauffman when Kauffman returned home and confronted the thieves.

    During the confrontation, deputies said McClelland shot Marcus Kauffman in the back of the head before he and his accomplice fled the scene. McClelland should be considered armed and very dangerous.

    During the early hours of Dec. 5, a suspect vehicle associated with McClelland was found by officers in Alexander County. Investigators from Alexander County and Rowan County searched a home nearby and are currently following leads on McClelland's whereabouts as they develop.

    Anyone who has information about the location of McClelland, or additional information about this crime, is asked to contact the Alexander County Sheriff's Office at 828-632-1111.

    Tipsters may also submit anonymous online tips by visiting www.alexandersheriff.org or by texting the keyword ACSOTIPS to CRIMES (274637).

    Information can also be forwarded to Staff Sgt. Jason Owens 704-216-8683 or 1st Lt. Chad Moose 704-216-8687 at the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

    Read our past coverage:

    Dec. 5: Investigators: Suspect shot volunteer firefighter in head during robbery

    Dec. 4:  Authorities still search for person who shot volunteer firefighter

    Dec. 3:  Volunteer firefighter remains in critical condition after being shot in head

    Dec. 2:  Police still searching for gunman after man shot in head in own driveway

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