Sheriff: Shots fired at deputy near Walkertown, suspect in custody

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A man is in custody Thursday after he allegedly fired a gun at a deputy who responded to a domestic violence call in Walkertown.

According to Sheriff William Schatzman, deputies responded around 4 p.m. to a home on Oak Branch Lane.

After arriving on the scene, Schatzman said a man at the home walked toward a deputy’s patrol car and fired multiple shots at the deputy.

Gidget Alaia, who lives nearby, says she was waiting for her 15-year-old daughter to return from school when she heard the gunshots.

“I heard, ‘Boom, boom, boom, boom!’ I had come out to make sure everything was OK and at that time, both my daughters came down the hill,” Alaia said.

Schatzman says the deputy returned fire at the gunman, who was armed with a rifle, shotgun and a pistol.

Jerahmy Johnson, who also lives in the neighborhood, says he saw deputies and Winston-Salem police staging in the streets.

“Several police officers were running down the street, loading and locking their shotguns. We knew something was really, really serious,” Johnson said.

Johnson says it’s a miracle that none of the children returning for school were hurt in the exchange of gunfire.

“Every child in the neighborhood gets on and off the same bus stop right here at the end of the street,” Johnson said.

Shatzman says the gunman was taken into custody before anyone was hurt.

“It is extremely fortunate and we are extremely lucky that no one is hurt,” Shatzman said. “With the amount of gunfire, I’m just really surprised nobody got hit.”

Authorities have not released the identity of the gunman.

Shatzman says the deputy who returned fire has been with the sheriff’s office for less than two years.