IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A man was arrested Tuesday and charged with shooting a police officer in Statesville Friday night.
According to police, two officers were on routine foot patrol around Raleigh Avenue and Fifth Street around 11 p.m. Friday when someone stepped out of the shadows behind them and fired multiple rounds in the officers' direction.
Officer Tyler Horn was shot once in the back and taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released early Saturday morning.
Officials say it was Officer Horn's bulletproof vest that may have saved his life, as it took the brunt of the shot.
On Tuesday, officers arrested 21-year-old Keith Eugene Lackey and charged him with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, two counts assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm in the city limits.
Lackey is currently being held in the Rowan County Jail.
Investigators have not said what evidence led to Lackey's arrest.
"The fact that this is a dangerous job is never from the minds of our officers and their families. But we patrol and serve this community every single day," said Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone, who described Friday night as being very stressful for everyone involved. "I got the phone call that one of my officers had been shot and my heart sunk. We are like family here and their welfare is important to me. I can't thank them enough for the job they do for our city."
Officials are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 704-878-3406.