LAURINBURG — A 36-year-old Laurinburg man has been jailed under a $30,000 bond following a Thursday night altercation that left a Bennettsville man in critical condition, according to Laurinburg police.
Charles Shawn McPherson, of 417 Hood St., was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with one count of felonious assault inflicting serious bodily injury, Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said. McPherson punched 40-year-old Calvin Zimmerman in the head, Sessoms said, knocking him down.
“We think (Zimmerman’s) head struck the pavement,” Sessoms said.
Zimmerman, who lives on Craig Circle in the town located about 18 miles from Laurinburg, was brought to Scotland Memorial Hospital in a private vehicle at about 11 p.m., Sessoms said. Officers were called to the hospital and found Zimmerman with “serious head injuries.”
According to a spokesperson for Scotland Memorial Hospital, Zimmerman was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte that night. Sessoms said Zimmerman remained at that hospital on Friday. His condition was unavailable by presstime.
About an hour prior to the call from the hospital, police were called to McPherson’s home where several people claimed Zimmerman had “been causing problems,” according to Sessoms.
“It was an ongoing altercation that began at another location and carried out onto the street and sidewalk area in front of the home,” he said.
By the time officers arrived, Zimmerman had left the home.
Sessoms said he does not expect additional charges to be filed.
A mugshot for McPherson was not available by presstime.