Caldwell County man who vowed shootout with police captured without incident

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comJune 17, 2014 

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said Jonathan Daniel Hatfield, 35, who had vowed to get into a shootout with law enforcement officers, was captured without incident late last week.

CALDWELL COUNTY DETENTION CENTER

Caldwell County authorities say a man who vowed he would get into a shootout with law enforcement was taken into custody without incident last week.

But authorities are still looking for the truck that the man is accused of stealing.

The sheriff’s office said deputies, with help from the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested Jonathan Daniel Hatfield, 35, of Lenoir, late last week. Hatfield had been wanted by the sheriff’s office in a larceny of a motor vehicle.

Investigators said Hatfield made several threats before his arrest that he would not be captured without a fight. Deputies and U.S. marshals conducted a surveillance operation and said they spotted Hatfield on June 11 in downtown Granite Falls. Hatfield had a gun in his possession when arrested but did not use it, investigators said.

He was jailed under a $150,000 bond, the sheriff’s office said.

Still missing is the truck. The sheriff’s office said it is a white GMC Terrain with North Carolina license tags YPY-4696. Authorities did not provide the truck’s year of manufacture.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 828-758-2324 or Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle

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