CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) – The SBI is investigating after a chase ended in a crash and gunshots fired by Cabarrus County deputies Thursday morning.
Cabarrus County Deputies attempted to stop a red truck near Metrolina Greenhouse after they noticed the truck had stolen tags. Officials said the driver refused to stop for authorities, lost control and eventually crashed near the intersection of Poplar Tent Road and Derita Road.
After the crash, officials said the driver, later identified as Joseph Jermaine Mercer, used his car to strike several patrol cars, almost hitting the deputies. One deputy then fired his weapon through the windshield, striking Mercer in the shoulder and neck region.
The deputies then began giving Mercer aid until EMS arrived and took him to a local hospital, where he was listed as being in stable condition Thursday afternoon.
There is no word on what charges Mercer will be facing when he is released from the hospital.
The three deputies involved were questioned by SBI, who has taken lead of the investigation. It is not the county’s policy to place deputies on administrative leave. None of the deputies were injured in the chase or shooting.
People that live and work nearby came out to see all the commotion. Some of them were nervous.
“They were flying by. Definitely not trying to get a speeder,” said Kristen Schottenheimer, who was driving to work. “I saw him before I heard him, that is how fast he was moving.”
“You could see the red truck and it was surrounded by police cars. Then, there was cars coming from [Interstate] 85 and they were just everywhere. They were converging. It was chaos,” said Schottenheimer
“It does make you nervous, just with everything that is going on in the world. It makes you think,” said Yolanda Bennett.
“I feel safe here. I feel safe in my neighborhood. I am just not sure where this guy was coming from or what he was doing,” said Schottenheimer. “I felt uncomfortable and I was in my car. It was pretty chaotic, pretty chaotic.”
While police were investigating, a man approached officers with his hands up. Police rushed him and took him into custody. The county spokeswoman said that person was involved in some way, but would not specify any other details.
Poplar Tent Road re-opened around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.