MOORESVILLE, NC (WJZY) - A man was arrested following a SWAT situation early Sunday morning in Mooresville.
Police said just after 3:00 a.m. they responded to 115 Sapling Street in reference to a woman who reportedly had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Nicholas Griffin Williams.
Upon arrival, officers located the woman who told officers Williams, an active duty US Marine, had already left the area, was armed with a rifle, and threatening to harm himself.
Mooresville police issued an alert to all surrounding agencies for the vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle traveling east back towards Mooresville. After a short pursuit and attempted contact by Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Williams finally stopped the vehicle in front of Berea Baptist Church, 1015 River Highway.
Williams continued to refuse commands by law enforcement officials to exit his vehicle.
When Williams attempted to flee the scene, officers with the Mooresville Police Department fired rounds at the tires to slow or limit the vehicles movement.
Law enforcement personnel from Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Mooresville Police Department attempted negotiations with Williams for several hours.
Shortly before noon, Williams exited the vehicle, was taken into custody, and transported to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
Once Williams was in custody, officers found a military grade rifle in the passenger area of the vehicle.
After obtaining a search warrant, officers also located a Glock magazine with rounds, pocket knife, and military paperwork belonging to Williams.
Mooresville Police are seeking charges for five counts of felonious assault with firearm on law enforcement officers and two counts of misdemeanor resisting, delaying, or obstructing an officer.
During interviews after the incident, the woman stated no assault actually occurred earlier that morning.