Alleged 16-year-old shooter wore bullet proof vest, officer recovering

Cornelius lieutenant expected to recover after shooting
Grayson Ferrell
Grayson Ferrell

CORNELIUS, NC (WBTV) - A 16-year-old is in custody after allegedly shooting a Cornelius police officer Saturday morning, while wearing a bullet proof vest.

Cornelius police say charges are pending for Greyson Ferrell who police say shot at officers and injured one.

According to police, Ferrell was wearing a bullet proof vest when he opened fire.

At 11:36 Saturday morning, Shift Commander, Lt. James Quattlebaum, and other officers was responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home in the 19400 block of Coachman's Trace Drive near Washam-Potts Road.

When officers came under fire, they reportedly shot back and injured Ferrell.

Quattlebaum was hit in the stomach and had to be rushed to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Saturday afternoon the officer was listed in "fair" condition by hospital staff. A spokesperson said the officer had not needed surgery, although an operation had not been ruled out.

Coachman's Trace Drive residents say they watched the scene unfold from their driveways. According to neighbors, Ferrell, his mother, his girlfriend where home at the time of the shooting.

John Roeder says he saw the 16-year-old son arguing and yelling at his family in the street. "Yesterday was literally like a Jerry Springer show outside my house but I didn't expect it to be like this."

"He was punching at his sisters car window and then somebody else came to the house, he was trying to fight that person, and that person said they were going to call the police," Roeder described.

Roeder said officers arrived several minutes into the altercation and even then, he said Ferrell continued fighting when officers arrived. "He was kicking and screaming yelling at the police officers."

The incident continued to escalate, "Then police showed up, no lights or sirens, very calmly and then about a minute or so later, that's when a couple shots took place."

According to Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle, Quattlebaum was "alert and conscious" when he was taken to the hospital and had "plenty of people" by his side at the hospital Saturday. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Police said they have been to the house before but did not say how many times. Roeder said he heard commotion coming from the house Friday night.

Because the suspect was also shot by Cornelius officers, Cornelius Police have asked the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police take over the investigation into the shooting.

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