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CMPD: Man arrested for carrying concealed weapon near BofA

Bruce Garmon (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department) Bruce Garmon (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)
(Mark Davenport | WBTV) (Mark Davenport | WBTV)

Charlotte officers were mobilized outside Bank of America Stadium ahead of Sunday's Panthers game against the Minnesota Vikings, preparing for protesters, who arrived around noon.

One person, Bruce Garmon, 30, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon near the stadium shortly before kickoff, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say. 

According to police, officer's found the gun while checking backpacks near the east gate of the stadium as part of Extraordinary Event protocol. Police said Garmon did not have a concealed carry permit.

Saturday, Garmon brought his 9-year-old son and 12-year-old Charlotte to Marshall Park to see a march through Charlotte and was interviewed by WBTV. 

“I want them to see it firsthand and I don’t want them to have a bias towards people because I feel like that’s the problem, you’re taught a certain thing at home, but you have to bring the kids out in the community and see what’s going on and see how we can change things here in the community,” said Bruce Garmon.

He was around when some of the violence broke out earlier this week and said it’s something he’s had to explain to his children.

“You have to learn not to act out of emotion, same thing as some kid took your toy, you can’t just go hit that kid. You’ve got to go and rationalize and talk to him about so a lot of things happening downtown I explained to them was because of anger,” Garmon said.

The Interim City Manager of Charlotte declared Sunday's game an Extraordinary Event "to enhance public safety." 

"An Extraordinary Event is defined as a large scale event or an event of national or international significance which might attract a significant number of people to a certain geographic area of the city," an official release stated.

Officers in riot gear were stationed outside the stadium hours before kickoff. So far, officers say there is no threat, but they are taking precaution. 

Keith Lamont Scott was shot by a CMPD officer Tuesday. Saturday marked night five that protesters took to the streets over Scott's death. Saturday night remained mostly peaceful, with under five arrests being made.

RELATED: Several arrested during night five of protests in Charlotte

CMPD released video of the encounter between Scott and police Saturday, following days of family and the public pleading for the release. 


Sunday's game started at 1 p.m. in uptown.

Although several games at the end of last year's NFL season were declared to be Extraordinary Events, this is the first game of the season where there will be increased security.

By declaring the game an Extraordinary Event, the city can "modify its permitting process for activities such as parades and specifies particular items that are prohibited from being brought into certain boundaries of the event."

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