There’s usually not much going on at 5 a.m. on a Wednesday morning in Greensboro.
However, at that time on Wednesday, April 29, deputies with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department got more excitement than they cared for. At 5:32 a.m. on Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Department received a report that an assault had taken place at a residence on the 600 block of Boxer Lane in Greensboro. That call led to a tense standoff and a convicted felon firing shots at deputies.
Early Wednesday morning, the Sheriff’s Department got a report that an adult victim had been assaulted at the Boxer Lane home. The suspect – 51-year old Randall Gray Stoneman – barricaded himself inside, refused to come out and refused to follow other commands from deputies as well, according to a Friday, May 1 press release from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department.
The statement from the department describes what happened next.
“The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team and the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team responded to the location,” it reads. “During the standoff, Stoneman shot multiple rounds at Sheriff’s Deputies and continued to ignore orders to exit the residence. Negotiators spoke with Stoneman and, after the deployment of chemical munitions, Stoneman exited the residence and was arrested without further incident.”
Stoneman was charged with “Misdemeanor Assault on a Female” and “Felony Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon.”
He was also hit with multiple charges from shooting at deputies in the Emergency Response Team. That action resulted in five felony counts of “Discharging of a Firearm within an Enclosed Dwelling,” two felony counts of “Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer with a Firearm” and “Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury.”
Stoneman is currently being held in the downtown Greensboro jail under a $600,000 bond.