The following is a news release from the Alexander County Sheriff’s OfficeOn Sunday, April 21, 2019, officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department responded to a residence located on Fairgrounds Road in reference to a civil dispute with shots fired. Officers arrived at the residence of Robert Anthony Watts, age 49 of Fairgrounds Road.
After arriving, officers could hear an individual inside the residence. Officers heard a gunshot fired. The shot was fired in the direction of the Officers. Officers identified themselves. A short time later, Watts came out of the residence, armed with a rifle, although it was not pointed at the officers. Watts then began ordering officers to leave his property and making threats to kill the officers. Watts was ordered several times to put the weapon down, and refused to do so. At this time, Watts put the weapon inside the residence and began to speak with the officers. Watts then went back into the residence. Officers immediately took action and entered the residence, where Watts attempted to reach the weapon. Officers were able to place him into custody. Two firearms were seized.
Watts was charged with two counts of Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official and four counts of Misdemeanor Resisting Arrest. He was transported to the Alexander County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $500,000 secured bond with a first appearance date set for April 22, 2019 in Alexander County District Court. The investigation is continuing and more charges may be pending.