By Sherry Youngquist
A Stokes County man accused of shooting a sheriff's deputy and prompting a manhunt by more than 100 law-enforcement officers Thursday was described yesterday as a loner who prefers to live outdoors and has a dislike for government.
Jerry W. Wilson, 48, faces four new charges stemming from Thursday's incident: attempted first-degree murder; assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill; obstruct and delay; and going armed to the terror of people. He was being held yesterday in the Stokes County Jail with bond set at $1 million.
Wilson was arrested about 10:15 p.m. Thursday in woods behind his home after a 10-hour manhunt.
A helicopter pilot with the N.C. Highway Patrol using a thermal-imaging system spotted heat coming from a wood stove inside Wilson's camp in the woods about 9 p.m. and notified officers on the ground.
Officers ambushed Wilson near the camp that was built with tin, plywood, plastic and camouflage netting.