4/28/2020 3:42:00 PM Disturbance Leads To Shots Fired, One Person Assaulted
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Press Release
LINCOLNTON, N.C. – On April 26, 2020 Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded to physical disturbance at a residence in the 1100 block of Loomis Street.
When officers arrived they were told that the victim was in a trailer where he was living and the suspect in the case had fled the scene. The victim, Eric Christopher Harper, 46, was found inside the trailer with lacerations to the head which he sustained from being “pistol whipped”. The suspect in the case, Nathaniel Rolland Gilbo, 31, of Grandview Lane, Lincolnton, NC. had left the scene.
Witnesses told deputies the incident started when Gilbo allegedly fired shots from a pistol at a nearby house in the direction of the camper where Harper and a friend were inside talking. One of the two men challenged Gilbo to a fight on the back porch. Harper walked up to the porch and Gilbo struck him at least two times in the head with the pistol. The victim ran back to the camper and believes a shot or shots were fired in his direction again. The victim was treated on the scene by Lincoln County EMS but refused transportation to the hospital.
Gilbo was arrested later at a location north of Lincolnton and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and ordered held at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $12,000 secured bond.