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Just a few hours after the Statesville Police Department released information about important evidence that investigators had gathered on a recent shooting, Malik Quashon Bridges, 20, of Statesville, was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder at the Iredell County Courthouse with the assistance of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Department who served the warrant on Bridges. 

Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone said the warrant was served on Bridges at approximately 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.  He is being held on a $500,000 secured bond in the Iredell County jail. 

The charges stem from a shooting that took place shortly after midnight Wednesday night, Jan. 24, in the Wilson Lee/Garner Bagnal Blvd. area.  Zarrie James was shot in the incident and is listed in stable condition.  Details on the shooting have not been released. 

Barone is very grateful for the assistance from multiple law enforcement agencies whose expert work resulted in this arrest.  “We were able to secure a warrant for Bridges’ arrest based on information received during the investigation of Zarrie James’ shooting, along with additional evidence received from the search warrant executed at 301 W. Raleigh Ave. late Wednesday,” said Barone. 

“But I really have to stress the important part our community played in this arrest.  It is very gratifying to see so many community members move from the unwilling chair to the willing chair when it comes to providing leads and tips,” said Barone. 

“There’s not a crime we can’t solve when we have the help of the community.  We can do incredible things together,” he added. 

Investigators with the Violent Crime Collaborative are planning to interview Bridges today.             

Media release prepared:  1/26/18   

Nancy Davis
Public Affairs Director
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