Man, deputy identified in Anson County officer-involved shooting

By William R. Toler - [email protected]

PEACHLAND — 911 calls released Sunday indicate a man who was shot by an Anson County sheriff’s deputy Friday afternoon did not want medical attention.

The daughter of 63-year-old Bobby Rex Horne called Anson County 911 saying her father had slurred speech. The telecommunicator then called Horne’s home and spoke to his wife, who confirmed the slurred speech.

“He said there’s nothing wrong with him, don’t come,” she said.

She said she was in Rock Hill when her husband called and she noticed that his speech was slurred, adding that she didn’t know what was wrong with him.

Several times during the conversation, she relayed that he didn’t want anyone to come.

The phone also cut off twice during the conversation.

When EMS arrived at the home on Lower White Store Road, Horne refused treatment, according to Special Agent in Charge Audria C. Bridges with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation in a statement released Sunday.

The SBI investigates all officer-involved shootings in the state.

Deputy Jonathan Hough and Lt. Timothy Watkins responded to the home at the request of EMS, Bridges added.

“Upon Deputy Watkins and Deputy Hough’s arrival, Bobby Rex Horne retrieved a .308 rifle and did not respond to Deputy Hough’s challenges to drop the weapon as Horne raised the rifle toward Deputy Hough,” Bridges said. “Deputy Hough then fired his service weapon at Horne striking him. Deputy Watkins grabbed Terina Horne from the porch area and guided her away from the gun fire and behind cover.”

Horne was taken to a hospital “where efforts to support his life were unsuccessful,” Bridges said.

Any witnesses are encouraged to contact the SBI at 704-454-5264.

This is the third officer-involved shooting involving the sheriff’s office since November.

“It’s the world we’re living in today,” Sheriff Landric Reid told the Anson Record on Friday. “None of my deputies want to be involved in a shooting. None want to shoot anyone. The goal is to come out and protect the public, not harm the public. Unfortunately, these things happen.

“We’re very saddened” he added. “We hate that the family had to go through this, but it’s a situation that happened. If we could take it back, we’d take it back, but things happen in life.”

Hough was scheduled to receive counseling and undergo an evaluation on Monday.

Reporter Imari Scarbrough contributed to this story. Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_toler.

By William R. Toler

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