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Cabarrus standoff ends; deputy, another man shot

MIDLAND -- A Cabarrus County man was wounded and a sheriff’s deputy struck by a bullet in a shootout late Tuesday night near Midland, the sheriff’s office says.

The deputy escaped injury when the bullet struck a piece of his equipment, according to the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office.

William Ryan Morrison, identified by authorities as the man who fired at deputies, was wounded and hospitalized. The sheriff’s office says charges are pending against him.

The series of events began about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at a house on Sleepy Hollow Road, off Cabarrus Station Road, near Midland. That is south of Albemarle Road, a few miles east of the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus county line.

Deputies were called because of a disturbance, and authorities say that when officers arrived at the residence, they were fired at by someone inside the house. Deputies fired back, and Morrison apparently was wounded in that exchange.

Two other people were inside the house at the time, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities worked throughout the night, trying to convince Morrison to surrender. He finally gave up about 5:30 a.m.

The sheriff’s office shut off access to Sleepy Hollow Road for much of the night.

The SBI is helping investigate the case, as is typical in officer-involved shootings.

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