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Monday shooting under investigation / June 18, 2014
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’ office is investigating a shooting that took place Monday near Boydton.

Major Terry Edmonds said the office received a call around 4 p.m. on Monday, from authorities in North Carolina about a shooting victim, 53-year-old Joseph Poythress of Manson, NC.

Poythress was driving past 340 Palmer Springs Rd., having just dropped his son off, when Bernard T. Ranson, 31, “displayed a firearm and shot at him,” Edmonds reported. Poythress returned to North Carolina where he notified law enforcement officials of the incident before he was transported to Mariah Parham hospital in Henderson, N.C.

Edmonds said Poythress was treated for minor injuries and released.

When deputies arrived at Ranson’s residence on Palmer Springs Road, he complained of should pain. He was transported to Community Memorial Health Center, where he was treated before being released into the custody of the deputies.

Ranson is being held at Meherrin River Regional Jail without bond. The charges include two counts of misdemeanor brandishing a firearm, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, one count of malicious wounding, and one count of attempted murder.

Edmonds said the case remains under investigation.

In other crimes, Sgt. Mull is investigating the theft of an orange 8 hp tiller from a home at 2276 New Hope Road in Skipwith.

Anyone with information about these or any crime is asked to call the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office at (434) 738-6171 or 1(888) 624-2207 toll-free or The Mecklenburg Crimesolvers at 877-676-8477. You could receive up to $1,000.00 in reward money. You will not have to give your name or appear in court to receive this reward.

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