Man charged in shooting of Statesville police officer

- A man has been arrested in the Friday night shooting of a Statesville police officer.

Keith Eugene Lackey, 21, was arrested around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday at 212 Island Ford Rd. for the shooting of Officer Tyler Horn.

He’s been charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, two counts assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

He was taken to the Statesville Police Department for processing and then transported to the Iredell County Jail where his bond was set at $3 million.

On June 15, Officer Horn and another Statesville Police officer were doing a routine foot patrol in a south Statesville neighborhood when a suspect came out of the shadows and fired shots at them from behind.

Officer Horn was hit once in the back, but was not seriously injured as his bulletproof vest took the brunt of the shot. He was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital in a patrol car and released Saturday morning.

An investigation immediately began and several law enforcement agencies came together to canvass the area, but the suspect could not be found.

“I commend both our officers and the community for working together. The community’s cooperation was of great help in obtaining the information we needed to develop a suspect and make today’s arrest,” said Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone.

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Chief Barone described the shooting as very stressful for everyone involved.

“The shooting unsettled both the community and my officers. We conducted a very thorough investigation, canvassed the neighborhood, questioned residents, but we also understand that when a shooting occurs – especially one in which a police officer is hit – the situation can be tense,” said he said.  “The fact that this is a dangerous job is never from the minds of our officers and their families. But we patrol and serve this community every single day…I got the phone call that one of my officers had been shot and my heart sunk. We are like family here and their welfare is important to me. I can’t thank them enough for the job they do for our city.”

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