CHOCOWINITY N.C. (WNCT) – A man who pulled a gun on deputies and a Chocowinity EMS paramedic has been involuntarily committed to Vidant Beaufort. No charges have yet been filed against the man.
The incident that prompted the man’s commitment happened at a home in Harris Acres in Chocowinity shortly after 9 a.m.
Shane Grier with Chocowinity EMS received a call from Don Petralia, indicating he was going through a difficult time.
“He’s never meant any kind of harm, never anything out of the ordinary to me,” Grier said.
Grier said he has responded to Petralia’s home numerous times because he tries to be there to support people who need it. However, when he got the call Wednesday morning, he said Petralia told him he had the Beaufort County Sheriff’s office on the other line.
When Grier arrived at Petralia’s home, he noticed he was very agitated, and was using language that made him uncomfortable. He said at that time, he started backing towards the door to get out of the house.
“Once I got to the door, a handgun appeared,” Grier said.
He eventually made his way outside with Petralia following. Petralia kept his gun pointed towards the ground. By that time, deputies had also arrived. After some time, Petralia was talked down, and no one was injured.
WNCT checked Petralia’s record and found he has been charged twice for resisting a public officer, and once for disorderly conduct since 2009.
Despite this incident, Petralia remains in his home with no charges pending against him. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s office said they are still investigating the incident.
WNCT requested a copy of the 911 tape, but was told it wouldn’t become available until the investigation was over.
Grier said while he is thankful no one got hurt, a danger is still present for everyone.
“At that state I feel like he is a threat to first responders, sheriff, fire, anybody that responds to that,” Grier said.
We’ll have more details as they become available.