Polk County, N.C., deputies say that a man ignored a protection order and appeared at his ex-girlfriend’s house—bringing along a baseball bad and a can of gasoline.
Another man who was at home with the woman ventured outside when several dogs began barking, and he recognized an overwhelming odor of gasoline coming from behind his vehicle. That’s when the man found Joshua Cuthbertson—in violation of the order—hiding behind the car.
Cuthbertson attacked the man with the bat, hitting him several times in the head. However, the man had come outside armed and he shot the suspect several times, then took care of him until emergency technicians arrived. WYFF-4 reports that Cuthbertson was treated at a nearby regional hospital, and taken into custody for assault with intent to kill and the protection order violation. No charges were brought against the man at the house, as the shooting was clearly in self-defense.