Discount Tire employee dead, one person in custody after Concord SWAT operation

By | November 15, 2020

SWAT officers were called to a reported hostage situation at Discount Tire on Dickens Place in Concord Saturday afternoon.

CONCORD, N.C. — One person has died and one person is in custody after a SWAT situation at a Concord tire shop, according to the Concord Police Department. The victim died from a gunshot wound, though it is not confirmed who shot the individual.

Saturday, SWAT agents were called to the scene of a possible hostage situation at a Discount Tire shop in Concord, North Carolina, located at 575 Dickens Place.

Concord Police said one person entered the Discount Tire, then gunshots were heard. An unknown number of employees were able to exit the business, police said. Around 2:15 p.m., Concord Police confirmed they had made contact with the possible shooter inside the business. 

As of 3:10 p.m., negotiators were still communicating with the individual inside the Discount Tire. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department SWAT team was called in for assistance as well. 

At 3:38 p.m., Concord Police confirmed that one individual was taken into custody, but the individual has not yet been identified. It’s not yet known what charges the individual is facing.

Concord Police said the suspect had barricaded himself inside the business, and when he got out, officers found the deceased employee. The victim was a Discount Tire employee. No other information about their identity has been released at this time.

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The incident is still being investigated at this time, and Concord Police is expected to release more information in the near future. WCNC Charlotte has a crew at the scene to gather more information. 

A Twitter user named Chris Cruse posted a video that showed multiple police cruisers outside the Discount Tire location. One officer was blocking an off-ramp to I-85 north from Copperfield Boulevard. 

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