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Clifton Lamont Wellman
Courtesy of Statesville Police Department

Suspect In Road Rage Incident Identified, Charged After Being Released From Medical Care

The name of a suspect charged in connection to a road rage incident in Iredell County has been released. Following the incident on Fieldstone Circle, which was reported Wednesday (May 22), 49-year-old Clifton Lamont Wellman of Statesville, was medically cleared from Iredell Memorial Hospital Wednesday night. Wellman was taken before the Iredell County Magistrate and charged with felony discharge a weapon into occupied property along with misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

As WHKY previously reported, on Wednesday, just after 2:30 p.m. the Statesville Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the area of MLK, Jr. Park and Lakewood Drive. Upon arrival, officers learned that a female driver had been involved in a road rage incident with another vehicle. The situation escalated as the other vehicle followed her. In an effort to ensure her safety, she drove to the National Guard Armory and called 911.

The suspect vehicle followed her into the National Guard Armory parking lot. A male suspect exited his vehicle, produced a handgun, and fired several rounds in the direction of the ground and vehicle which was occupied by the female driver and her juvenile daughter. One of the rounds struck the vehicle. The female driver and her juvenile daughter were not injured.

The suspect was later taken into custody following a standoff with police. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center without bond following his arrest. As of earlier today (May 24) Wellman was not listed as an inmate in that facility. A District Court date is scheduled for June 12.