Officials on Tuesday released the names of a Caldwell County deputy and couple charged with shooting at him last week.
Deputy Jay Johnson received multiple gunshot wounds and was seriously injured in the incident on Hidden Oak Road in Dale. Johnson has been undergoing surgeries since it happened, and he’s still in the hospital, awaiting further surgeries, the Caldwell County sheriff’s office said.
Johnson has been with the Caldwell County sheriff’s office for less than a year, the sheriff’s office said.
Kimberley Ashford Moore, 54, and Eduardo Lupe Padilla Jr., 33, are both charged with two crimes in the incident: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct discharge of firearm, the sheriff’s office said.
Johnson was responding to a theft just after midnight Friday when he was shot, sheriff’s spokesman William Miller has said.
Richard Banks, an attorney for the couple, said the deputy fired his weapon first.
“The pair will plead not guilty and self-defense,” Banks said. “They did not know the unannounced trespasser shining a flashlight into their house at night was a cop and were in fear for their lives.”
According to Banks, squatters had taken shelter in a home across the street and had made death threats against the couple after they helped the property owner try to get the squatters evicted. On the night of the shooting, the couple believed that one of the squatters was on their property, Banks said.
A judge set the bail amounts for Moore and Padilla at $100,000 each.