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Call about gunfire leads deputies to ‘active’ moonshine still at home, NC sheriff says

A moonshine operation was accidentally discovered when a North Carolina man called deputies to report he had been targeted by a gunman, according to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

No gunman was not found during a security check of the property, officials said.

However, deputies still found an “active” moonshine, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

It happened Friday, March 10, at a home on Kings Mill Road in Valdese, about 70 miles northwest of Charlotte, officials said.

“Deputies responded to a call that a passerby had been stopped by (a man) saying he had been shot at and that he was being pursued,” the sheriff’s office reported.

“Deputies arrived at Messer Road and … escorted him home. At (his) request, deputies checked his residence and while conducting a security check of the house, found firearms and a barrel of an active production of non-taxed alcohol, including raw materials and a fermentation vessel with materials for brewing called mash.”

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They discovered “several holes in the wall” that appeared to show the man had “fired his firearm into the house,” officials said.

Deputies obtained a search warrant, which revealed two weapons in the home, including “a shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches,” officials said.

Deputies also alerted NC Alcohol Law Enforcement, which seized the “moonshine still,” officials said.

The 52-year-old man was arrested and charged with gun possession by a felon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction, officials said. Bond was set at $30,000.

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