73 year old Dan Joe Spears is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Spears was arrested last Thursday afternoon at his residence in Eastern Alexander County. Officers were called to the Spears residence off Huckleberry Ridge Road after reports of shots being fired. Spears is charged with shooting 46 year old Jason Williams of Hiddenite. Williams was transported to Carolinas Regional Medical Center in Charlotte with gunshot wounds to his chest and shoulder, he is expected to survive.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting are not clear. Spears was released on bond. Last year, he retired as the Pastor at The Macednonia Baptist Church in Taylorsville.