Reidsville man shoots himself during standoff with deputies

Iron Works Road, Reidsville (Google)

Iron Works Road, Reidsville (Google)

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — A Reidsville man is in the hospital after shooting himself during a standoff with deputies Sunday.

Deputies responded to a home on Iron Works Road around 12:17 p.m. in reference to a report of a possible sexual assault. The report was made by someone who was not at the house.

Ronald James Nelson, 43, who lived at the home, refused to step outside and speak with deputies. After approximately 45 minutes of negotiation, Nelson pulled out a gun and shot himself in the chest.

No other shots were fired and no one else was injured.

Nelson was transported to Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro. He was conscious and alert at the time he was transported, deputies say.

The shooting and alleged sexual assault are still under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at 336-634-3232 or call Rockingham County Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683.

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