BURKE COUNTY, N.C. -- A Burke County man accused of shooting an acquaintance on Monday was arrested Monday after surrendering to police.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office was called to a dead end road in the South Mountains around 11:30 a.m. Sunday where they found 43-year-old Andrew Jackson. He had been shot in the abdomen and was in serious condition, prompting emergency services to airlift him to a hospital in Charlotte.
After investigating, authorities said Jackson and Paul Alan Hyler had been in a dispute inside Hyler's camper trailer.
Deputies believed Hyler was still in his trailer and called in the Burke County SWAT. However, after they "deployed chemical agents" and entered the trailer, they found that Hyler wasn't inside.
Authorities said while SWAT was investigating the trailer, they had to pull away from the trailer twice because of a possible suspect on a powerline overlooking the trailer. After they found the person, they said they ended up being a local resident with an AR-15 assault rifle who was watching the scene from a distance.
"The Sheriff's Office reminds the media, neighbors, and curiosity seekers to obey the commands of law enforcement and remain outside of the areas of danger," the Burke County Sheriff's Office said following the incident.
On Tuesday, deputies responded to a call of a suspicious person walking along Baptist Camp Road around 9 p.m. The person was identified as Hyler, who gave up with resistance and said he was "tired of running," police said. Hyler was found covered in mud and was armed with a handgun prior to his arrest.