Suspect in custody after firing shot in presence of officers, leading chase across state line

Police initially responded to a breaking and entering call in west Charlotte.
Police have arrested a person who is accused of shooting at officers and leading them on a vehicle chase into South Carolina.
Published: Jan. 14, 2023 at 9:22 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) is investigating an armed burglary that led to a suspect firing a shot in the presence of officers and leading an ensuing vehicle chase across the state line on Friday night.

According to CMPD, police responded to an active breaking and entering call around 9:39 p.m. in the 300 block of Tribune Drive in west Charlotte, just off of Moores Chapel Road near I-485.

Once at the scene, one of the three suspects fired one shot in the presence of officers. Review of video surveillance and interviews has led investigators to believe that the officers were not the targets of the shot.

After firing the shot, the suspect fled on foot before getting into a vehicle.

Officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on the suspect, but they refused to stop, initiating a pursuit.

The chase ended in Fort Mill after the suspect jumped out of and ran from the vehicle.

CMPD has since identified the suspect as 24-year-old Tyron Watson.

Watson is facing the following charges, although more are expected to be filed:

  • Second-degree burglary
  • Larceny after breaking and entering
  • Felony conspiracy
  • Larceny of motor vehicle
  • Possession of burglary tools

Law enforcement agencies in South Carolina were notified of the pursuit and assisted in the chase, as well as the ensuing ground search and apprehension of the suspect.

An investigation into the incident remains active and ongoing.

Police have not yet identified the other two suspects.

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