Man shot in groin charged with assault with a deadly weapon

Published 3:46 pm Friday, August 11, 2017

MILL SPRING – Following an investigation into a domestic incident that involved the shooting of a Rutherford County man on County Line Road on Monday, Aug. 7, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office charged the man who was shot with assault with a deadly weapon.

Joshua Cuthbertson, 24, of Rutherford County, was charged this week with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and violation of a protection order, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. B.J. Bayne said officers received a report of a shooting around 12:24 a.m. Aug. 6 at the residence of 956 Polk County Line Road.

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Bayne said Cuthbertson was aware that a domestic protection order had been issued against him, which stated that he was to have no contact with his ex-girlfriend, nor could he be at her residence of 956 Polk County Line Road.

“Cuthbertson waited outside for the individuals at the residence,” Bayne said, “and with him he brought a container of gasoline and a baseball bat. As animals alerted of something outside, Keith Self came out of the residence to check why the animals were barking.”

Self reportedly smelled a strong odor of gasoline at his vehicle and went to investigate and discovered Cuthbertson hiding behind his vehicle.

An altercation between Self and Cuthbertson ensued with Cuthbertson attacking Self with the baseball bat, according to Bayne, hitting Self multiple times in the head.

Self then fired a gun in self-defense, Bayne said.

Cuthbertson was shot three times, once in the shoulder, once in the groin area and once in the buttocks, according to reports.

Self reportedly gave first aid to Cuthbertson following the shooting until emergency personnel arrived on scene.

Cuthbertson was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for his injuries. He was charged while still in the hospital this week. Cuthbertson has had a couple of surgeries this week but is expected to recover, according to reports.

Due to Cuthbertson still being in the hospital, no bond has yet been set.