FAIRMONT — Days before he is scheduled to appear in court, a Lumberton police officer charged with shooting at his neighbors says one of those neighbors, a 16-year-old, fired a rifle at him this weekend, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Claudie Lowery, 26, reported Saturday that brothers Billy Mitchell and Aaron Mitchell, his neighbors on Pleasant Hope Road, were in their backyard with Raheen Savannah, who was firing a rifle, according to Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives.
Thompson said Lowery was in the backyard when Billy Mitchell shouted “shoot him, shoot him, shoot him,” and Aaron Mitchell took the rifle and fired a shot towards Lowery. It is unclear why Lowery was in the yard, about 300 feet from his own home.
Aaron Mitchell, 16, was charged on Saturday with assault by pointing a gun. According to a jail official, he has been released on an unsecured bond.
According to arrest warrants, Lowery shot at Aaron Mitchell and pointed a gun at Mitchell’s mother, Ruth Bostic Mitchell, and Billy Mitchell on Jan 13.
According to Erich Hackney, who investigated the case for the District Attorney’s Office, there had been “no prior issues between the two residences.” Hackney declined to elaborate on what prompted the Jan. 13 incident.
Lowery was arrested on Jan. 22 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault by pointing a gun. He was suspended without pay and placed under a $5,000 bond, but was never held at the jail. He is scheduled to appear in Lumberton District Court on March 13.