ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- Rowan County authorities have identified a suspect in connection to the shooting of a volunteer firefighter.
Authorities are looking for 23-year-old Khari Dewayne McClelland, who is wanted on an attempted murder warrant.
Volunteer firefighter Marcus Kauffman and his wife returning from a Thanksgiving weekend trip when a burglar shot Kauffman, investigators said.
Around 10:15 Monday morning, the couple returned to their home on Chenault Road. Kauffman noticed the suspects’ vehicle parked near their home, and the vehicle appeared to be broken down. He dropped off his wife at a nearby friend’s house, and returned to offer assistance to the occupants. Investigators say the car trouble appears to have been a setup.
When Kauffman returned, he discovered the suspects appeared to be removing items from his home, including a computer.
Kauffman called 911, and during the call he asked the suspects why they were taking his property. During this conversation, Kauffman told the dispatcher that shots were being fired and the call was lost.
Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies found Kauffman near the woods behind his home, in his car, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Officials say Kauffman apparently lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. He was airlifted to CMC Main, where he’s listed in serious condition.
Detectives are still working to identify the second suspect that was in the greenish blue 1995 Saturn two door coupe with McClelland, as well as search for more stolen property from the Kauffman’s home.
Several agencies are now searching for McClelland, who should be considered armed and dangerous. Records show he spent three months in jail for previous breaking and entering charges.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Staff Sergeant Jason Owens (704) 216-8683 or 1st Lieutenant Chad Moose (704) 216-8687 at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.