NEWTON — A Hickory man will not face charges after shooting a Connelly Springs man during a roadside confrontation, according to a release from District Attorney David Learner’s Office.

Joseph Mark Harrison, 58, shot Joshua Max Barnes, 21, after Barnes reportedly punched him several times on Oct. 4.

Harrison pulled his vehicle over on Main Street in Valdese to give Barnes room to drive by him, according to the release. Previously, Barnes was driving close behind Harrison on U.S. 70.

Witnesses said that Barnes went to the driver’s side of Harrison’s car and started punching him, according to the release. Harrison shot Barnes once in the shoulder in response.

Harrison is not charged for the shooting, but Barnes has been charged with assault and battery.

“This man acted in self-defense,” District Attorney David Learner said via the release. “I want the public to know that if you act in self-defense, I’m going to back you 100 percent.”

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