Deputy Disarms Man With Gun At Johnston County Courthouse

A Johnston County deputy had to struggle with a man armed with a gun outside the Johnston County Courthouse.

Around 5:00am Sunday, a deputy and jail staff were asked to break up a large gathering of people outside the Second Street entrance to the Johnston County Jail.

While asking the individuals to disperse, the officer said he spotted a 40 caliber Glock handgun in the possession of  Erick Galeana-Piedra of Henderson.

Galeana-Piedra refused to drop the gun. The deputy and the suspect struggled over the weapon until the officer was able to forcibly disarm the man.

The suspect was charged with possession of a weapon on courthouse property, carrying a concealed gun and concealing a gun after consuming alcohol.  He was jailed under a $25,000 bond.

Authorities did not disclose why Galeana-Piedra was at the courthouse but said he was among the crowd of people who had gathered.

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  • Brent Jernigan

    looks like they should have stopped him at the border!

    • GAM

      The funny thing is you automatically assume he does not hold legal status here and somehow “stopping him at the border” would have done something. Stupid decisions is affected by ALL RACES not just Hispanics. Educate yourself.

      • Edie Warren

        Maybe he meant they should have stopped him at the border when he originally came here. In which case, I absolutely agree with Brent! Educate yourself “GAM”!!

        • GAM

          Ha! Really you’re gonna hide by that pathetic excuse. What if he is a legal citizen? That border will not be much help is it?

          • Jay

            That’s probably what happened….

    • Karla Alarcon

      I agree you sound ignorant educate yourself 😊

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  • Brent Jernigan

    looks like they should have stopped him at the border!

    • GAM

      The funny thing is you automatically assume he does not hold legal status here and somehow “stopping him at the border” would have done something. Stupid decisions is affected by ALL RACES not just Hispanics. Educate yourself.

      • Edie Warren

        Maybe he meant they should have stopped him at the border when he originally came here. In which case, I absolutely agree with Brent! Educate yourself “GAM”!!

        • GAM

          Ha! Really you’re gonna hide by that pathetic excuse. What if he is a legal citizen? That border will not be much help is it?

          • Jay

            That’s probably what happened….

    • Karla Alarcon

      I agree you sound ignorant educate yourself 😊