Stephanie Sipes (Caldwell County Sheriff's Office)
CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A woman who was arrested in connection to the Sunday night shooting of a Caldwell County Sheriff's deputy appeared in court on Wednesday.
Stephanie Sipes appeared before a judge in Lenoir at the Caldwell County Courthouse around 11:00 a.m. She is charged with accessory after the fact to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.
Deputies say Sipes was in the car around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15 when 21-year-old Deputy Jordan Sherill was shot during a traffic stop on Cheraw Rd. near Pisgah Church Rd.
Sherill was was wearing a protective vest at the time but was hit below the vest. He was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery, and the Sheriff's Office says he is expected to be ok.
The alleged shooter, Kerry Edwin Townsend, was killed after shooting at authorities during a SWAT standoff on Tuesday. Townsend and Sipes were found in an abandoned house less than 10 miles away from the Sheriff's Office. Sipes was taken into custody after the standoff.
Deputies believe the two had been hiding out in the home since the shooting on Sunday.
Sipes is being held on a $1 million bond, according to the clerk of court, and Herbert Pearce will be her attorney. She is set to appear in court on August 9 for a probable cause hearing.
FOX 46 reached out to both the DA’s office and Herbert Pearce’s office. We haven’t received a response.
Both Sipes and Townsend have an extensive criminal history, according to court records.