Morganton man charged with shooting at deputies during chase through Burke County

Morganton man charged with shooting at deputies during chase through Burke County

MORGANTON, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A Morganton man took officers on a chase and later fired a gun at them before being arrested on a litany of charges, according to police.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies responded early Friday morning to shots being fired into a vehicle in the 1900 block of Wall Street, where they found a victim with minor injuries. As additional deputies arrived to the scene, they located a vehicle matching the description of the one driven by the suspect, which had pulled into a driveway on Eastbrook Circle.

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According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy approached the vehicle and saw the suspect, 40-year-old Thomas Carlson III, reportedly reach between the driver’s seat and console. The suspect then fled the scene at a high rate of speed.

During the pursuit, deputies say Carlson held a firearm out the window, discharging multiple rounds toward their vehicles.

When the driver reached Rutherford College Road several miles away, spike strips were deployed successfully by Drexel Police officers. The car chase ended on Devinney Street, where the subject then fled on foot to a nearby residence. No deputy injuries were reported.

The sheriff’s office said in a search of the abandoned vehicle, deputies allegedly recovered documents with the Carlson’s personal information. A search warrant was issued for a home on Amherst Road where the offender Carlson barricaded himself inside of it.

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After two hours of negotiating with Carlson, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Morganton Department of Public Safety SWAT team made contact with Carlson and he was reportedly taken into custody without incident.

Carlson was charged with the following felonies, as well as several traffic violations:

  • Assault on Law Enforcement Officer with a Firearm

  • Flee to Elude Arrest

  • Attempt Discharge Weapon into Occupied Vehicle

  • Possession of Firearm by Felon

Carlson is being held on no bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday, May 6.

Also involved in the investigation were Valdese Police Department, Drexel Police Department, State Highway Patrol, Department of Adult Correction K-9 Unit, Burke County Emergency Management and Burke County EMS.

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