Case ends in guilty plea – Winston Salem Journal

Joshua Ryan Smith wanted to die on March 11, 2009, his attorney said yesterday.

Authorities said he fired a shotgun 20 times during a standoff that day with police at his parents’ house off Peace Haven Road, taunting police to shoot him.

They didn’t.

“They (police officers) treated this as a mental-health crisis instead of a mad bomber,” said Pete Clary, Smith’s attorney.

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