ASHE COUNTY — District Attorney Tom E. Horner recently announced that he will no longer be involved in the case of Dallas Shatley due to his relationship with the Shatley family.
On Wednesday, July 8, Dallas Shatley, 62, of Crumpler was shot by sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly confronted the officers who were responding to a disturbance. The incident was reported around 10 p.m. in Crumpler on Shatley Road, just off of Highway 16.
According to Sheriff James Williams, a deputy was dragged by a vehicle driven by Shatley and shots were fired.
The deputy who was injured was treated and released from Ashe Memorial Hospital.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), who is currently investigating the incident, released the names of two deputies involved in the shooting that killed Shatley a week after the shooting occurred.
According to the SBI, Christopher Lee Roten, a 10-year veteran of the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and Joshua Franklin Hopkins, a five-year veteran, responded to the call.
The SBI report did not state which deputy was dragged by the vehicle.
All three involved officers returned back to work earlier this month after being placed on administrative leave following the incident.
Horner stated that he will no longer be on the case due to his personal connection with the Shatley family. According to Horner, although he did not know Dallas Shatley personally, he has known other members of the Shatley family for many years including Shatley’s brother and sister.
According to Horner, District Attorney Garry Frank of Davie and Davidson Counties has agreed to take over the case and make any decisions in regards to any potential criminal charges.
Horner stated he felt that because of his close connections with the Shatley family it would be in everyone’s best interest that Frank took over the case.
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