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Trial Of Man Charged With Firing Shots At Officers Continues
Ralph Walter Aldridge
Courtesy of Alexander County P2C website

Trial Of Man Charged With Firing Shots At Officers Continues

The trial of a Taylorsville man charged with firing shots at officers in 2018 enters its third week today (November 8) in Alexander County Superior Court. 70-year-old Ralph Walter Aldridge is charged with offenses including seven counts of attempted murder and multiple counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

On October 6, 2018, Alexander County Sheriff Deputies and Hickory Police went to the residence of then 67-year old Ralph Walter Aldridge on Antioch Church Road. Hickory Police intended to serve an involuntary commitment order on the suspect, who had allegedly made numerous threats to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

Prior to officers arriving at the residence, Aldridge allegedly made threats to shoot officers if they came to his home. When officers arrived, they initiated conversation with Aldridge over a loud speaker in the patrol car. He told the officers to come on up to the residence and he would speak to them.

After saying that, he allegedly fired a weapon at the officers, striking a patrol car. The officers backed out of the location and took cover. Aldridge continued to issue threats, and called emergency communications to tell them if police came to the door he would blow their head off. Officers heard several more shots but could not see the offender.

A standoff occurred for several hours. At least ten canisters of tear gas were injected into the dwelling but Aldridge refused to surrender. Around sunrise, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office S.T.A.R. Team entered the home and Aldridge exited through a garage door where he was quickly apprehended. Weapons and ammunition were seized from the home.

Aldridge has been held in the Alexander County Detention Center since his arrest. His current bond amount is $3,500,000 secured. Jury selection began on October 18.

[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]