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Union Sheriff's deputy shot; standoff ends

By Steve Lyttle
slyttle@charlotteobserver.com

A Union County sheriff’s deputy and an Indian Trail man were wounded this morning in a series of events that led to a four-hour police standoff.

The deputy, Cpl. Todd Brasell, suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening, the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect, identified by authorities as Craig Gibson, was hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center with what police believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The shooting happened at a residence on Fincher Road, a few hundred yards west of Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road. Authorities say Brasell, a 22-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was called to the residence after a domestic dispute.

Police say Brasell was shot while trying to settle the dispute. The suspect then returned inside the house, and police heard another gunshot.

The sheriff’s office called its SWAT unit to the scene and cordoned off the area, closing Fincher Road between Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road and Potter Road. About 9 a.m., police determined that the suspect was wounded inside the house. They entered the residence, took the suspect into custody, and transported him to the hospital.

There is no word on Gibson’s condition this afternoon.

Fincher Road has been reopened.

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