An armed standoff is over in Alexander County. Around 8 am today County 911 received a call from a female indicating that her husband was armed. Officers responded to a residence off Barretts Mountain Road. The woman who called 911 was able to escape the mobile home residence without injury. The home is located in a very remote area off a logging road.
30 year old Edwin Wayne Coley fired at least 18 shots during the standoff according to Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman. Despite the gunfire, nobody was struck and no officers fired a shot according to Bowman.
The area has very limited cell phone access so communication was difficult between law enforcement and the suspect. Alexander County Deputies, Taylorsville Police, North Carolina Highway Patrol units, and the State Office of Probation and Parole surrounded the mobile home. Coley was spotted by officers leaving the home on foot into a wooded area. He quickly was arrested and was still armed with a shotgun.
Coley was taken to the Alexander County Sheriffs office and is being questioned at this time. Charges have yet to be filed and we will continue to follow the story.
Sheriff Chris Bowman confirmed this afternoon that the suspect, 30 year old Edwin Wayne Coley faces a count of Assault by pointing a weapon. He is being held in the Alexander County Detention Center without bond. Bowman also confirmed that several other weapons were found in the suspect’s home.