Court officials and sheriff’s officers will stage a “live active shooter” drill in the Mecklenburg County Courthouse 2-5 p.m. Friday.
An administrative order was issued to close the courthouse to the public on Friday afternoon. Anyone who needs to file something after 12:30 p.m. can do so at the Criminal Magistrates’ Office, 801 E. Fourth St., directly across the street from the courthouse.
The sheriff’s office will begin clearing the courthouse of all nonauthorized personnel and conduct the staging for the drill from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Officials are closing the courthouse to prevent someone who doesn’t know about the drill from mistakenly calling 911 or trying to intervene in a lethal or nonlethal way.