CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police are investigating a shooting between a Mooresville Police officer and another person late Sunday night.
According to the Mooresville Police Department, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Sunday evening, police received a suspicious vehicle complaint at Mooresville Fire-Rescue Station #3, 1023 Shearers Road.
Officials say one officer encountered two separate vehicles with multiple occupants in the parking lot. A person inside one of the vehicle wasn’t complying with the officer’s requests at the time and attempted to flee, accelerating toward the officer in the process. The officer drew his service weapon and fired several rounds to stop the assault. No one was struck by the gun fire and the driver was taken into custody at the scene.
The driver has been identified as Jeffrey Daniel Stewart, 27, of Burlington NC. Stewart has been charged with resist, delay and obstruct an officer, reckless driving to endanger and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
More than 10 bullet holes could be seen in a U-Haul truck on the scene of the shooting.
Joey Perkins lives right next to the fire station. The exchange of gunfire happened just yards away from his home. He said he could hear the shots when they were fired.
“We just heard a few gunshots and we weren’t sure where it had come from or whatever but we heard a little bit later on that there were gunshots fired over at the fire department,” explained Perkins.
He said that detectives asked if they could check the shed on his property that sits behind his house. He allowed them to, and was surprised at what they found in his building. Perkins said several people appeared to be temporarily living in his shed. He thinks they may have known the person involved in the shootout.
“I won’t swear on it. I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure they all knew each other,” said Perkins.
Perkins said the officers told the people staying in his shed that they had to leave the area. He said he did not realize they had been living on his property and they are not welcome back.
“I’ll be waiting for them if they do come back,” said Perkins. “I got an AR-15 so I’m ready.”
This is an ongoing investigation and no further information has been released.