Child custody cases can get very fiery. On July 12, 2021 a man was shot just prior to a contentious child custody case outside of the Caldwell County Court in Lenoir, NC. Chad Emke, 48, was charged with shooting Travis Webb, 35. 

Chad Emke

Chad Emke

Chad had a scheduled court appearance at the Caldwell County Court Monday for a custody case. Chad was inside of a vehicle with a 10-year-old boy in front of the court building. Travis and Chad eventually began arguing.

As the altercation escalated, Chad pulled out a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and shot Travis in the upper body twice, officials say. Medics arrived and began administering life saving aid to Travis. 

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Travis was transferred to several hospitals and has serious injuries. Chad was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and child endangerment.   

Chad's bond was set at $500,000. The child was not physically injured during the bullet melee.