Suspect in Davidson County deputy-involved shooting identified

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the suspect taken into custody after a deputy-involved shooting Wednesday morning.

Terry Keith Simerson

Terry Keith Simerson, 57, of Lexington, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault on a law enforcement officer.

At about 9:45 a.m., deputies responded to a domestic situation at 167 Cox Ave. in Linwood, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Upon deputies arriving on scene, they were immediately met with a barrage of gunfire from a high-powered rifle, with one deputy taking a round to the lower extremities,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Deputies returned fire, hitting Simerson in the lower extremities, the release said.

The sheriff’s office said Simerson continued to shoot at deputies after taking cover.

Deputies located a female victim in the yard of her residence suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Every time deputies tried to advance to provide life-saving measures for the victim, Simerson shot at the deputies, the release said.

After a brief standoff, Simerson was taken into custody and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released.

The female victim and the Davidson County deputy were also taken to Wake Forest Baptist, where they were treated and released.

Court documents show that the victim had taken a restraining order out against Simerson. The two had been married for more than 20 years but separated back in May.

The no-contact restraining order was approved by a judge in August.

Court records also showed that the victim’s family had filed criminal charges against Simerson in the past.

In 2009, they filed charges after he allegedly assaulted a female.

In 2018, they filed an assault charged after they claimed he pulled out a weapon from his car when he was asked to leave their property.

Deputies were lasted called to Cox Avenue on Oct. 7, 2019.

Simerson called to complain that his wife tore his personal mail into pieces. Charges were filed at the courthouse and the two were scheduled to be back in front of a judge to discuss the matter on Nov. 15, 2019.

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