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Saturday night’s CodeRED follow-up / Gunfire on Sunrise Street

The following press release has been issued by Town of Murphy Police Department.  All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Official Press Release

Location: 190 Sunrise St., Murphy, NC 28906

Defendant #1: Mr. Charles Timothy Meador

Date of Incident: July 19th, 2014

Time of Incident: 8:37 pm

Agencies Involved: North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office SERT Team, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division, Cherokee County Detention Center, Cherokee County Magistrate’s Office, Cherokee County 911 Dispatch Center, Cherokee County EMS, Murphy Police Department, Murphy Power Board

Incident Narrative:  At or around 8:37 pm, on July 19th, 2014, the Cherokee County 911 Dispatch Center received multiple emergency calls regarding shots fired near the Carrington St. and Sunrise St. area here in Murphy. Upon Patrol Officer Morgan E. Morse and Deputy Harold Chastain’s arrival in the area, it was determined to be coming from 190 Sunrise St. At this time the male suspect, a Mr. Charles Timothy Meador, would not answer the door. After this a noise came from inside the residence that sounded like a muffled gunshot. At this time Officer Morse and Deputy Chastain set up a temporary perimeter of the home for safety reasons. During this time after all listed above agencies arrived on scene and various forms of communication were attempted to reach Mr. Meador.

At or around 9:47 pm, a Code Red Message was sent out to the residents that reside in this area advising them to stay in their homes. The neighbors that live near this residence were evacuated from their homes for safety reasons. After many failed attempts to have Mr. Meador come to the front door and surrender, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office SERT (CCSO SERT) Team used various forms of aerosol chemical agents that were discharged inside of the residence. During this time the power was cut off temporarily to this area of Murphy.

At or around 12:15 am, on July 20th, 2014, the CCSO SERT Team made entry inside of the residence with another aerosol chemical agent. At this time Mr. Meador exited the residence and surrendered himself. Mr. Meador was taken into custody by the CCSO SERT Team. One CCSO SERT Team member sustained minor injuries to his arm during this time. He received medical attention on scene. Mr. Meador was examined by the Cherokee County Medics after being transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center. Warrants for Arrest were obtained by the Murphy Police Department through the Cherokee County Magistrate’s Office.

Mr. Meador’s Charges are as follows:
Discharge a Firearm Within City Limits
Communicating Threats
Going Armed to the Terror of the Public
Resisting Public Officer

Mr. Meador’s bond is currently set at $10,000.00 secure. He has an initial court date of August 5th, 2014, at 09:00 am.

“The Murphy Police Department would like to thank all of the listed above agencies for their assistance in this matter. With interagency cooperation within Cherokee County, these well trained men and women contained their composure during this highly stressful situation. With any standoff situation, regardless of the area in which it occurs, the potential for danger is greatly increased.”

Due to the pending nature and charges of this investigation, this is all of the information that can be shared at this time.
Thank You,
Justin J. Jacobs
Chief of Police

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