Sheriff: Trigger man in fireman's shooting in custody

Sheriff: Trigger man in fireman's shooting in custody

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by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on December 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 6:11 AM

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- The man wanted for the attempted murder of a volunteer firefighter has been arrested.

Authorities captured 23-year-old Khari McClelland late Monday afternoon in the Newton-Conover area. Investigators say he could be behind at least six other home break-ins around firefighter Marcus Kauffman's house.

A picture posted Sunday night on the "Praying for Marco" Facebook page simply says "I love this man." Friends confirm it is Mary Ann Kauffman holding her husband Marcus' hand, as he fights for his life with a bullet wound to the head.
Investigators say McClelland shot Kauffman after Kauffman came across his home being burglarized and confronted McClelland in the driveway of his house on Chenault Road.

"We were in the dark when we started this case, 100-percent," said Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten.

Monday, we learned the names and charges of the four men allegedly involved with the crime, which came after people started talking, thinking they saw or knew something-- or, perhaps they’d been burglarized by the same people.

Investigators say six other homes within a five mile radius of Kauffman's have been broken into and had items stolen last month in November, and it is possible the crimes are connected to the burglary and shooting at Kauffman's house.

Authorities aren't releasing the addresses of the other burglary locations, and are not saying what people have told them during interviews which helped identify McClelland and three other suspects, all of which have been charged.

"If I start naming people and how we really got to those answers it would be dangerous for witnesses," Auten said.

The sheriff also says McClelland's friends and family did not help with the search.

"Most people weren't truthful, and it's been kind of a rough go," he said.

It is especially rough for Kauffman and his friends and family, who continue to pray and hold his hand, and say it was a rough weekend with Kauffman's brain swelling.

Auten says it is possible Kauffman might have been shot with his own gun, which was stolen from the house during the burglary and has not been recovered.

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