PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A man in Hampstead was arrested Sunday after crashing a stolen vehicle on Highway 17 and allegedly shooting his wife.
According to the Surf City Police Department, James Daniel Garvey is accused of shooting his wife, then stealing his neighbor's truck in an effort to get away.
The arrest warrant said Garvey's neighbor called 911 to report a domestic assault Sunday.
"My neighbor lady run over here she's got blood on her, said
her husband's going crazy," the neighbor told 911 operators. "He come running over with blood all over him, said
she's trying to kill him. She said he's trying to kill her."
While his neighbor was on the phone with officials, Garvey reportedly stole a 2003 Dodge truck from his neighbor's driveway and took off.
"He jumped in my company truck and just took off and stole it," the neighbor told 911. "I don't know what the hell's going on. These people are crazy."
"So, the husband just came over and jumped in your truck?" asked the 911 operator.
"Yes! He said c'mon get me out of here and he was falling down with blood on him," explained the neighbor in the 911 call. "I picked him up and he jumped in my truck, started it up and took off spinning across the yard, hit the ditch spilled all the tools out of the truck and God knows where he's going."
Police say Garvey crashed the truck on Highway 17, where he was arrested by state troopers.
After Garvey was arrested, officers returned to his home on Teresa Drive where they found his wife, Dianne Garvey, had been shot in the thigh.
Garvey was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to the Hampstead fire chief, Garvey was the fire chief in Hampstead over ten years ago.
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