Yancey County, NC – The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest and charging of Leonard Anthony Widawski, a local resident, in connection with a shooting incident involving a 15-year-old male. Widawski now faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, resulting in serious injury.

The incident unfolded on February 11th, 2024, at a swinging bridge situated on Highway 197 N. in the Green Mountain area. Reports indicate that a group of juveniles had gathered at the location when a dispute erupted concerning parking on private property, instigated by a resident in the vicinity.

Amidst the escalating altercation, Leonard Anthony Widawski intervened and discharged a single shot, which struck the 15-year-old male involved in the dispute. The victim was swiftly airlifted to Memorial Mission Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment in critical but stable condition.

Following a thorough investigation conducted by the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Leonard Anthony Widawski was apprehended and subsequently released upon posting a $75,000 secure bond.

At present, the authorities have refrained from disclosing further details or providing additional comments regarding the case. Any forthcoming press releases or updates concerning the investigation will be disseminated through the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office app.