Stolen handgun recovered in Rowan Co. burglary

Stolen handgun recovered in Rowan Co. burglary

Tramel Devon Hart

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by WCNC.com Staff

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Posted on December 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 12:31 PM

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- Investigators in Rowan County say they've recovered the handgun stolen during a home invasion in which a 25-year-old man was shot in the head after confronting the burglars.

Tuesday, Rowan County Sheriff's Investigators recovered the .45 Glock that was stolen from the residence of volunteer firefighter Marcus Kauffman on December 2. Officials say the handgun was found at a home in Iredell County, but they did not comment further on what led them to that home.

The weapon will submitted to a lab for testing to determine if it was, as authorities believe, the gun used to shoot Kauffman in the head.

Three men have been arrested, one of which authorities say pulled the trigger that sent Kauffman clinging to life in an intensive care unit.

One suspect remains at large; 18-year-old Tramel Devon Hart is wanted for accessory after the fact in connection with the incident.

Michael Dwayne Teasley, 25, was arrested last Friday and charged with felony accessory after the fact. Also arrested last Friday was Jaylend Daquann Turner, 19. He's charged with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny of a firearm and felony larceny. Teasley's bond was set at $500,000, while Turner was booked in under a $3,000,000 bond.

Monday afternoon, 23-year-old Khari McClelland, the suspected trigger man, was taken into custody in the Newton-Conover area. He was booked in to the Rowan County Detention Center under a $5,000,000 bond on the charges of attempted murder, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony larceny of a firearm.

Investigators say the victim, Kauffman, arrived home from vacation with his wife to find the suspects stealing from their home.

Police continue to search for 18-year-old Tramel Hart; he is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Kauffman, who is unable to speak, remains in critical condition.

The Sheriff's Office says the suspects in this case may be responsible for six other home burglaries in a five-mile radius of the Kauffman home.

Anyone with information should call 911. 

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