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Man in Cabarrus standoff is charged

MIDLAND -- Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley confirmed late Wednesday that one shot fired by a man who allegedly held police at bay for nearly eight hours bounced off a deputy’s belt buckle.

Riley said the suspect in the case, William Brian Morrison, 35, has been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and adds that other charges are expected.

Riley supplied additional details in the case, which started shortly before 9:45 p.m. Tuesday at a house in the 1100 block of Sleepy Hollow Road, off Cabarrus Station Road near Midland.

The sheriff says neighbors called, saying that a man was shooting a gun and that some of the shots were coming close to neighbors’ houses. Riley said deputies approached the house and talked with Morrison’s father, who said his son was in the baseman.

The deputies started talking to Morrison, Riley said, but the suspect then allegedly fired several shots with a handgun. One bullet bounced off a deputy’s belt, he said. Riley said deputies returned fire at Morrison, who retreated deeper into the house.

A short time later, the sheriff said, Morrison came to the front door with a shotgun and fired at deputies, who returned fire. Once again, Riley said, Morrison retreated into the house.

That touched off a lengthy standoff. During the night, authorities say, they were able to get Morrison’s mother and father out of the house safely. Deputies continued negotiating with Morrison during the night and finally were able to get him to surrender about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Riley said Morrison was suffering from two gunshot wounds -- one in the upper leg and another in the arm. Neither is thought to be life-threatening. The sheriff said Morrison appeared to be “very intoxicated.”

“We are very thankful that our officers and others in this community were not injured,” Riley said.

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