Zebulon man tried to shoot and drown girlfriend in bathtub, Wake Sheriff’s Office says

Christopher Griggs
Christopher Griggs Wake County Detention Center

A Zebulon man charged with attempted murder Friday tried to drown his girlfriend and shoot her in the face, a Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Monday.

Christopher Ryan Griggs, 34, “attempted to drown the victim by submerging her in a bathtub full of water,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eric Curry said in an email.

Griggs also “discharged firearms” inside the home, Curry said. Griggs tried to “shoot [the] victim in the face with a rifle” in an attempt to kill her, according to his arrest warrant.

The Sheriff’s Office says the girlfriend suffered serious injuries on the day of the incident. Griggs took her cellphone to stop her from calling 911, court documents say.

Griggs “became infuriated” after his girlfriend received text messages and started being abusive, The News & Observer previously reported.

On Friday, Griggs barricaded “himself inside a house” and wouldn’t surrender when deputies came to arrest him, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was taken into custody that day, Wake County court records show.

Deputies continue to investigate the case, according to Curry.

Griggs was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, interfering with emergency communication and resisting a public officer, according to court records.

His bail was set at more than $1 million, records show.