Man charged with attempted first-degree murder in officer-involved shooting in Lenoir

- A Lenoir man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after exchanging gunfire with police early Friday morning in Lenior. 

Harold David Houser was charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder Sunday, received a $1,000,000 secured bond and was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. 

The incident happened around 1:00 a.m. Friday, April 22 in the area of 1914 Starcross Road.  

Upon arrival, police said the homeowner, Harold David Houser III, exchanged fire with officers on scene. Houser was taken into custody shorty after. 

Police said Houser was transported to Caldwell Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Preliminary information indicates Houser shot into a neighbor’s house before officers arrived on scene, with no one hurt at the neighbor’s house, according to the Lenior Police Department. 

Officers said a passing vehicle was shot by Houser during the exchange with no injuries.

All officers involved in this incident have been placed on Administrative leave as a matter of Department practice and policy.  

The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into the incident. The Lenoir Police Department will be conducting an internal review of the incident as is a part of Department policy.  

Houser's first court appearance is schedules for Monday, April 25, additional charges are expected, according to police.

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