ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Two deputies were dragged and a suspect was hurt in an officer-involved shooting incident in Rowan County Wednesday morning.
Deputies say 23-year-old Tyler Landen Gambrell was arrested after he was released from the hospital. He was taken to the Rowan County Detention Center under a $500,000 fine.
Gambrell is facing charges of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer or government official and one count of simple possession of Scheduled II controlled substance.
Deputies say officers pulled a vehicle over on Highway 601 near the Volonte Motel in Rowan County around 2 a.m. A K-9 assisting on scene gave a positive alert that indicated narcotics were in the vehicle. Deputies say commands were given for those inside the vehicle to exit, but the occupants attempted to drive off. Officers tried to stop the driver and both deputies were dragged as the driver accelerated.
That’s when officials say one of the deputies, identified as Deputy Holshouser, fired his gun into the vehicle. The driver, identified by officials as Gambrell, was struck and suffered minor injuries.
Deputies broke free from the car, as it continued on US 601, and called for help. Stop sticks were placed along Jake Alexander Boulevard near I-85 to stop the vehicle. After coming to a rest near Peach Orchard Road, the driver ran off and was captured by several deputies.
Gambrell was taken to the hospital and treated for a gunshot wound to his arm.
Master Deputy Kevin Holshouser has a bump on head, but no concussion. He did require 4 stitches in his right elbow. Deputy Matt Shoemaker had an abrasion on his arm, but was treated at the scene and did not require a trip to the hospital.
A passenger in the suspect vehicle was not hurt. The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.
Gambrell has an extensive criminal record in Cabarrus County and in Kannapolis. Gambrell has been arrested by Kannapolis Police in the past for carrying a concealed weapon, several drug charges, breaking and entering, possession of a firearm by a felon, and resisting police.