Sheriff: man shoots into neighbor's home, barely missing woman

Father says suspect is bipolar

POSTED: 9:01 AM Mar 26 2013   UPDATED: 11:22 PM Mar 26 2013
WINDSOR, BERTIE COUNTY -

Deputies said a Bertie County man shot into his neighbor's home while the woman was still inside, barely missing her.

According to investigators, 36-year-old Dwayne Conner, of Windsor, shot into the home of Shannon Smith twice on Monday. Connor was charged with two felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. He was placed in the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail.

Deputies said Smith returned to her home on School St. in Windsor Monday afternoon, only to find a bullet hole in one of her bedroom walls.

While calling 911 at about 4:47 p.m., another shot came through Smith's window, investigators said. The bullet came so close to her head, it blew her hair back before ending up in a kitchen cabinet, her husband said. Smith then hit the ground and stayed down until police arrived.

Bertie County Sheriff John Holley said he had one of his deputies go inside Smith's home to make sure she was okay.

According to deputies, once they arrived at the suspect's home, a standoff ensued for about an hour. They said they made numerous calls to Conner, to try to convince him to surrender.

“A lot of the times... we couldn't really understand what he was saying,” said Sheriff Holley. “But he was very, very loud. He was very angry."

Conner requested to speak with his parents, but deputies told him they wouldn’t allow it until he give up, Sheriff Holley said. The suspect finally surrendered.

Investigators said they found several firearms in Conner's home. His father, James Conner, said his son is bipolar.

"[In] the last month or so, he's been seeing things or seeing things that ain't there and he just got to the place [on Monday and] went off,” James Conner said.

James Conner also mentioned that his son told him some time before the shooting that “terrorists have cut all these people's heads off, cut their arms off across the road."

James Conner said his family had been trying to get his son help, but couldn't afford it.

"He's a pretty good boy, like I said, other than what happened,” said James Conner. “Of course, I've been expecting it, just a little at a time, but it happened quicker than I thought it would."

The suspect was in court about a month ago for making threats against a woman, his father added.