POLK Co., N.C. (WSPA) – A man shot multiple times in Polk County is facing charges after investigators say he attacked a man at his ex-girlfriend’s home moments before the shooting.
The shooting happened on August 7 at a home on Polk County Line Rd.
Joshua Cuthbertson is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and violating a protection order.
Investigators say the Rutherford County man went to his ex-girlfriend’s home and waited outside for a man there. The ex had a protection order issued against him.
Cuthbertson brought a baseball bat and a container of gasoline, according to the report.
Deputies say dogs alerted the people inside the home of something outside and the man went outside to see why they were barking.
The man told deputies he smelled a strong odor of gasoline at his vehicle and went to see where it was coming from, and found Cuthbertson hiding behind his vehicle.
The men got into a fight and Cuthbertson hit the man in the head several times with the bat.
The man fired in self-defense and shot Cuthbertson multiple times.
Cuthbertson is still in the hospital being treated.