BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A Lenoir man is behind bars after deputies say he shot his girlfriend then forced officers to come onto the Johns River to get him off a pontoon boat.
The incident happened around 11:30 Monday night at a boat landing near Johns River Access. According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the 45-year-old female victim, who was shot in the face, was airlifted from the scene.
Officials say the suspect and victim’s boyfriend, 65-year-old Michael Charles Justice, was just off-shore on a pontoon boat. They say Justice ignored commands from multiple officers - so they took a boat out to him.
With the help of SWAT and uniformed deputies on the riverbank, Justice was taken into custody just after 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Justice is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was taken to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility with no bond.