Charges filed in Fayetteville police standoff


The incident began around 10 p.m. at the Austin Creek apartments on Capeharbor Court when police say, Staff Sgt. Joshua P. Eisenhauer began firing at firefighters responding to a fire call.

Police were called in, and several officers and firefighters were pinned down by gunfire.

Investigators say Eisenhauer then retreated back into his apartment, prompting an evacuation of nearby units.

Crisis Team negotiators were called in and tried to make contact with the suspect for several hours, but were unable to do so.

Around 2:30 a.m., the Fayetteville Police Emergency Response Team used explosives to take out the front door and sent a robot in to survey the scene.

The robot discovered the suspect lying on the kitchen floor. He was taken into custody and initially taken to Cape Fear Valley Hospital for treatment.

Later Saturday morning, he was transported to the UNC Hospital where he was listed in critical, but stable condition. Police say his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Eisenhauer is charged with 15 counts of attempted first degree murder, six counts of felony assault on a law enforcement official with a firearm, and nine counts of felony assault on a government official with a firearm.

Two police officers suffered minor injuries. One was transported to the hospital, while the other was treated on the scene.

Both officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of an SBI investigation, which is standard.

Eisenhauer is a soldier assigned to Fort Bragg's Warrior Transition Battalion.

On January 24, Eisenhauer was taken into custody after he was released from the hospital. He is being held at the Cumberland County Dentention Center on a $825,000 secured bond.

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