On May 2, 2015 at 11:36 AM, Cornelius Police responded to a disturbance call at 19422 Coachman's Trace. Shortly after arriving, officers came under fire from a suspect and Lt. James Quattlebaum was struck in the abdomen area. Another officer on the scene returned fire we believe hit the suspect at least once. The suspect, Grayson Ferrell (W/M DOB 8/13/98), was wearing a bullet proof vest and was not seriously injured. Ferrell is in custody and charges are pending.
Because the suspect was also shot by Cornelius officers, Cornelius Police has requested the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police take over the investigation into this incident. To allow CMPD to fully investigate this matter independently, we will not release further information at this time.
The Cornelius Police Department would like to thank Huntersville Police, Davidson Police, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, MEDIC and Charlotte Fire Communications for their rapid assistance with this situation. We would also like to thank our community for the prayers and support that we have received for Lt. Quattlebaum and the Cornelius Police Department staff. Lt. Quattlebaum is doing well and expected to recover fully. He wishes to express his appreciation for all the outpouring of support.