LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder.
Lincoln County police responded to a call along King Wilkinson Road near Denver Tuesday night and said that upon arrival, they found Josephine Ann Brown, 44, with a gunshot wound to her face. She was transported to Carolinas Health Center-Main in Charlotte, where she is listed in serious but stable condition.
David Wayne Conn, 48, was taken into custody by Lincoln County police. According to deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Brown was shot in her car following an argument with Conn.
Conn was found in a horse trailer where he had been allowed to live by the property owner, police say. Conn initially told authorities that Brown was pointing a gun at him, but then later changed his story and admitted that she was not armed, police say.
Deputies say this shooting is a a clear case of domestic violence. Brown and Conn had been on and off again boyfriend and girlfriend for several months prior to the shooting, according to deputies.
Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter says Brown is lucky to be alive and what happened should serve as a reminder to anyone involved in an abusive relationship.
"You need to get out of it," said Carpenter. "Find a counselor, a pastor, close family member or somebody that might be able to help you."
Officials say too often a victim waits until something serious happens before taking action. "Life is too short to be dealing with someone who is abusing you," Carpenter said.
Conn has his first court appearance Wednesday and is being held without bond.