Goldston man accused of firing at volunteer firefighter

Goldston, NC – A Goldston man is facing assault charges after shooting a gun in the direction of a volunteer firefighter responding to a brush fire.

Jackie Ray Caudle

On the afternoon of January 5, 2024, volunteer firefighters from the Goldston Fire Department responded to a report of a brush fire near J Cook Rd., Goldston. While firefighters were investigating the source of the smoke, a resident identified as Jackie Ray Caudle, 52, of 1000 J Cook Rd., emerged from a field brandishing a rifle. Caudle approached the fence line, where he took aim at a firefighter inside a truck and discharged the firearm in the direction of the emergency responder. No one was injured.

Caudle was charged at the time with assault by pointing a gun. Investigators reviewed the case and consulted with the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office, resulting in an additional felony charge of assault on a firefighter or medical personnel with a firearm.

Caudle is scheduled to appear in Chatham County District Court on June 10, 2024.

“Our first responders play a vital role in safeguarding our community,” said Sheriff Mike Roberson. “Their
selfless service should never be met with threats of violence, which not only endanger their lives but also
undermine the fabric of trust and security within our community.”