Monday, 02 August 2021 15:15

Man accused of shooting into, trying to steal parked car at Ellerbe church

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ELLERBE — A man is facing multiple charges after allegedly shooting into vehicles at a church over the weekend.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call of a man with a gun on Grassy Island Road in Ellerbe.

When deputies approached 32-year-old Patrick Lynn Cagle, they say he disobeyed all verbal commands and took off running, but was apprehended a short distance away.

Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge said investigators discovered that Cagle had shot into a parked vehicle at a church west of the Ellerbe town limits. Cagle reportedly tried to steal that car, as well as another nearby car and a motorcycle.

Cagle was arrested and charged with going armed to the terror of the people, communicating a threat of mass violence at a place of religious worship, attempted larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer.

His bond was set at $1,025,000 secured. Cagle’s next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 12.

Gulledge said the case is still under investigation and more charges are possible.

Online records show Cagle has no previous convictions or other pending charges in North Carolina.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The crime of communicating a threat of mass violence against a place of religious worship was added to a 2017 bill regarding threats against schools and was signed into law June 25, 2018.