Police: Officers shoot, kill suspect who held people hostage inside market in Gaston County
Community members reported seeing a large police presence in the area.
CHERRYVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) - Police say officers shot and killed a suspect who was holding people hostage inside a market in Gaston County Thursday.
Gaston County Police say the situation began just after noon in Cleveland County but ended later in the afternoon in Cherryville.
Law enforcement agencies had been searching for an armed robbery suspect, later identified as Chucky Nathaniel Bowden, throughout the afternoon connected to the situation that started in Cleveland County. Shortly after the robbery occurred, the Cherryville Police Department encountered the Bowden before he fled in a vehicle and a pursuit took place.
Bowden then crashed on Highway 279 near Dick Beam Road and began running on foot. The Cherryville Police fired shots but the suspect got away, leading to an extensive search.
The police chief said Bowden went into the Creekside Country Market and took hostages. Police then brought in a hostage negotiator, but the conversation didn’t go well.
At some point, the police chief says shots were fired. That’s when police officers shot and killed Bowden.
Officials say no law enforcement officials were injured and no hostages were injured.
Bowden was identified the next day.
Mary Bryan lives in the community right next to the store where the deadly shooting took place. She said she heard the gunshots being fired.
“I heard a police officer say ‘open the door’ and when he opened the door, I heard a single gunshot and then I heard pow, pow, pow, pow, pow! I knew the dude died. I knew he had to have,” explained Bryan in an interview with WBTV Thursday evening.
Bryan said she took note of the large law enforcement presence that descended on the neighborhood after the shooting.
“I’m like ‘well there’s one, there’s two, there’s three’. By the time I finished counting, and by the time I finished counting, I think I counted 26 cars,” said the Gaston County woman.
She said it’s usually very quiet in her community, and she explained that the shooting did make her feel uneasy.
“It’s scary knowing that something like this happened this close to my house,” said Bryan.
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