Man who reportedly mistook neighbor for coyote charged with manslaughter


ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A man who reportedly mistook his neighbor for a coyote before fatally shooting him is now charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. 

Ronald Mathew Dunn, 31, of Taylorsville, was taken into custody on Wednesday, Feb. 21. 

Deputies responded to the Edd Burgess Road Extension in Taylorsville around 5:52 p.m. Monday after Dunn called 911 claiming he shot Michael Seth Marsh, 26, by accident thinking he was a coyote. 

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Dunn told deputies on scene that “he saw something that looked to him like a coyote that had trapped something in a tree.” He fired two shots at the “brown and grey movement” at the tree with a .223 hunting rifle, striking Marsh in the chest. 

Dunn has been placed under a $75,000 secure bond. His first court appearance in Monday, Feb. 26. 


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