Man arrested after shooting at Fayetteville officers, police say


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A 29-year-old man faces attempted murder charges after Fayetteville police said he fired a gun a officers Friday evening.

Around 8:15 p.m., officers responded to a home on Reedy Creek Drive in the Middlecreek subdivision following a report of a man who may harm himself.

Fayetteville police said a shot was fired from inside the home and struck a tree near responding officers.

No one was injured by the shot.

Officers were able to make contact with the man inside the home, later identified as Gerard Atkinson.

He surrendered and was taken into custody without incident.

Atkinson faces three charges of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of assault on a government official with a firearm, and discharging a firearm in city limits.

Atkinson is currently being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center. His bond was initially set at $150,000. On Monday, a judge raised that figure to $600,000 according to Fayetteville police.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective A. Kincade with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 723-2610 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type “4Tip” followed by your message).

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