Crime & Courts

Marine accused in Mooresville police standoff identified

Mooresville police on Tuesday identified the U.S. Marine accused of being involved in a seven-hour standoff early Sunday as Nicholas Griffin Williams, 26.

Just after 3 a.m., police responded to the 100 block of Sapling Street in the Morrison Plantation community regarding an assault on a woman by her boyfriend. The woman told police her boyfriend, an active duty U.S. Marine, had already left the area, had a rifle and was threatening to harm himself. The woman later told police no assault occurred.

Police issued an alert to surrounding agencies for the vehicle, and Catawba County sheriff’s deputies soon spotted it returning east toward Mooresville. After a short pursuit, the driver stopped the vehicle in front of Berea Baptist Church on N.C. 150 West but continued to refuse police commands to leave his vehicle, Mooresville police said.

When the suspect tried to drive away, police fired rounds at the tires to slow the vehicle.

Officers from several agencies tried to negotiate with the man for several hours. Shortly before noon, the man left his vehicle, was taken into custody and then to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville for evaluation.

Police said they found a military grade rifle in the passenger area of the vehicle. A search warrant also yielded a Glock magazine with rounds, a pocket knife and military paperwork belonging to Williams.

Mooresville police said they planned to charge Williams with five counts of felonious assault with a firearm on law enforcement officers and two counts of misdemeanor resisting and delaying officers.

The incident closed heavily traveled N.C. 150 at Lake Norman for hours.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak