Editor's note: This article was last updated at 8:57 a.m. Dec. 24, 2019, with additional information. 

EMERALD ISLE — Town police late Thursday afternoon charged Gilbert Matthew Roberts,  49, with one felony count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

As of Tuesday morning, he is listed as being in the Carteret County jail under a $25,000 bond. He is also charged with damage to personal property.

According to a press release from the town police department, the charge stemmed from a report called in to Carteret County Communications at 10:49 a.m. Monday  from the 8600 block of Oceanview Drive. 

The caller stated an individual shot through the door of a residence and injured his wife. The release states that when  police arrived on the scene, they found a female victim with a minor injury to her left facial area.  

“Witnesses are reporting that this incident began as a dispute between two parties over money and eventually escalated to the point where it became physical,” the release states. “Witnesses report that at some point, Mr. Roberts was locked out of the residence and responded by firing a shot into the door of the residence.

Police said the female victim was injured after being hit by debris from the bullet striking the door.

“Mr. Roberts and other people in the residence fled the scene prior to the police arriving. Police were able to locate and interview everyone who was on scene when this incident occurred,” the release stated.

Mr. Roberts was located by Emerald Isle and Indian Beach police officers who were conducting a canvass of the neighborhood shortly after the incident.

“He was discovered hiding in the bushes several blocks from the scene, (and) was taken into custody,” the release states. “At the time of his arrest, no firearm was recovered and he has denied any involvement in the incident.”

Emerald Isle detectives processed the scene and collected evidence consistent with the report by the victim, according to the release.


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EMERALD ISLE — Town police arrested a man Monday who is alleged to have discharged a firearm into the door of a residence in Emerald Isle.

Police Chief Tony Reese said the incident occurred in the 8600 block of Ocean Drive around 10:45 a.m.

What started as a dispute between two parties escalated to the point where the weapon was discharged, the chief said.

“Police are reporting that one person received minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene,” Chief Reese said in a press release about 1:45 p.m. “The rumor that there was an active shooter in Emerald Isle is false and there are no current threats to the public as a result of this incident.

“This is still an active investigation and additional information will be released as the investigation permits,” Chief Reese concluded.

The man arrested has not been identified.

This is a developing report.

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