A Waynesville man on an alleged drunken tirade is accused of firing 14-rounds into the Waynesville Verizon store and leading officers on a high-speed chase before crashing his pickup truck into a tree.
Just before sunrise on May 9, Lawrence Monzy Martin, 65, is accused of shooting up a Verizon store in west Waynesville and threatening to “shoot up” the Waynesville Police Department, as well.
He had apparently made the threats to his son in New York, who contacted Haywood County authorities. Around 4:4o a.m., after allegedly shooting 14 rounds with a rifle into the Verizon store, Martin engaged a brief standoff with a Haywood County Deputy before fleeing the scene in a Toyota Tacoma. According to reports, Martin blew past Waynesville Sgt. Keith Moore on South Main Street – and past the police department- reaching speeds of more than 85-mph before crashing into a tree near the Haywood County Justice Center, according to Moore’s report.
He was transported to the hospital to be treated for crash-related injuries. At the hospital, Martin registered a .19 blood alcohol level- more than twice the (.08) legal limit in North Carolina.
Waynesville Sgt. Chris Chandler who surveyed the scene at Verizon wrote in his report that bullets broke through the store’s glass window front, traveled through the store into opposite interior walls “and beyond,” and ripped through several computer monitors causing extensive damage.
Martin, who has a clean criminal record, was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and felony assaulting a law enforcement officer with a firearm, in addition to misdemeanors for DWI, injury to real property and going armed to the terror of people.