By Jesse Wood
The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office arrested Justin Martin Williams, 29, of Charlestown, Ind., for allegedly shooting a woman at 415 Archie Carroll Road on Tuesday evening.
Williams was charged with a felony, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and his bond was set at $250,000. He has a June 6 court date, according to the N.C. Court System database.
The woman was shot in the chest, according to multiple outlets, listening to scanner traffic. Wings Air Rescue airlifted her to Johnson City Medical Center. Capt. Dee Dee Rominger confirmed that two children were present during the incident.
Sheriff Len Hagaman cited HIPAA privacy laws and noted that the sheriff’s office doesn’t receive medical information, treatment or patient status once an individual leaves the scene of an incident or is evacuated. Watauga Medics Deputy Director Matt Walker said that the victim was in stable condition as she was loaded onto the medical chopper.
Meaghan Smith, a spokesperson at Johnson City Medical Center, stated that a patient by the name of the victim wasn’t listed in the JCMC’s system. Asked for more information, Smith stated that this could mean a variety of things, but in the end, she wasn’t allowed to be specific.
Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit, Watauga County Department of Social Services, and Children’s Advocacy Center of the Blue Ridge investigated this incident. On June 5, 2017, as a result of the additional investigation information, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office in consultation with the 24th Judicial District Attorney’s Office charged Justin Martin Williams with Assault by Strangulation, two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with a Minor Present and Attempted First Degree Murder.
He was arrested and taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he was given $500,000.00 bond and a court date of July 18, 2017.