MARS HILL A paramedic was shot in the chest Sunday night by a patient as
she tried to take him into his home in Madison County’s Wolf Laurel gated
community, the Sheriffs Department said this morning.
A spokeswoman for Mission Hospitals said the Emergency Medical Services
employee, Tami Stephen of Yancey County, had stabilized in serious condition.
Authorities said doctors would perform surgery today to remove the .22 caliber
Investigators charged Joseph Boyer Candler Jr., 68, with assault with a
deadly weapon with intent to kill, Madison County Sheriff John Ledford said.
Alcohol was a major factor in the shooting, Ledford said.
The sheriff said firefighters and EMS workers responded to a report of a man
unresponsive at the clubhouse at Wolf Laurel Country Club. They found Chandler
under the influence of alcohol but not in serious danger.
Ledford said investigators are trying to determine what Chandler drank.and
Paramedics and firefighters accompanied Chandler’s wife as she drove him to
his nearby house at 374 El Miner Drive. Once there, they tried to move him from
his car to a chair they could carry down an embankment to the house.
From a standing position outside the car, Ledford said, Chandler pulled the
handgun from his pocket and fired a single shot at one of the two paramedics
Thats the thing were trying to determine, is why somebody would shoot
somebody whos trying to give them aid,” Ledford said.
A firefighter with Ebbs Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, Darrell Ponder,
wrested the gun from Chandler. Another handgun and two clips of ammunition were
found in his car, Ledford said.
Chandler was jailed this morning in lieu of a $750,000 bond and was to appear
in court today.