Local resident turns himself in following weekend police incident

Dustin Lee Eller, a 34 year-old Haw River resident, was involved in an altercation early Sunday morning with Graham Police Department Officers. The authorities are alleging that Eller discharged a firearm while the Graham Officers were near his residence, leading to a standoff with Eller and the Alamance County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team (SRT). Eller allegedly fled the scene by running into the woods, but he surrendered to Sheriff Terry Johnson Monday evening. Eller has been charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Law Enforcement Officer (firearm), and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. He was placed under a $100,000 secured bond. 

On Sunday, August 18 at approximately 2:13 a.m., the Town of Haw River Police Department requested the City of Graham Police Department to assist with a noise complaint near 400 Thompson St. in Haw River. 

Upon the Graham Police Officers’ arrival, they subsequently made contact with the resident of 400 Thompson St. - Dustin Lee Eller, a 34 year-old white male. Eller discharged a firearm while the Graham Officers were near his residence, and then retreated inside the residence.

At approximately 4:00 a.m., the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) arrived on the scene to conduct a tactical callout in regards to Eller. After being unable to gain a response or contact with Eller, the SRT element deployed chemical munitions inside the residence. After still no contact or response, the SRT element cleared the interior of the residence along with all structures on the property.

It was determined that Eller was able to exit the rear side of the residence and flee into the woods surrounding the area. A firearm - a 9mm handgun - was located and seized from inside the residence, so it was unknown at the time of the escape if Eller was still armed.

At 6:56 p.m. the evening of Monday, August 19, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office provided an update in the case, indicating that Dustin Lee Eller turned himself in to Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson at approximately 6:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Sheriff’s Office update, Sheriff Johnson was contacted by a third party inquiring about Eller shortly before 6:00 p.m. Monday evening. Sheriff Johnson told the caller that he, the Sheriff, would be at his office waiting on Eller at 6:00 p.m., if he was serious about surrendering. Eller arrived at the time and indeed surrendered. 

Eller was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Law Enforcement Officer (Firearm), and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. The warrants were obtained by the Graham Police Department. 

Eller is being processed at the Alamance County Detention center. He was placed under a $100,000 secured bond. Anyone with additional information regarding the case is asked to contact the Alamance County Sheriff’s office at 336-570-6300, or the Graham Police department at 336-570-6711.