STATESVILLE NC (FOX 46) - Statesville police arrested the man they believe shot officer Tyler Horne. Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone thanked the community but some neighbors are angry with the way the situation was handled.
Keith Lackey, 21, was arrested Tuesday morning on Island Ford Road in Statesville. He’s charged with shooting officer Tyler Horne in the back Friday night.
Horne and another officer were on foot patrol in the 1200 block of 5th street when police say Lackey stepped out of the shadows and fired firing multiple shots.
"Yeah it was a lot of chaos to where like they thought the gunshots came from beside my house which they didn't. It was like somewhere down the street,” said Keon Harrison, who lives on 5th St.
Chief Barone said Tuesday, “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.”
Harrison said he was angry and upset after being forced out of his home during the investigation.
"They forced us to come and the neighbors and stuff across the street, they was all, the whole family was out the house. Ain't no officer go over there and point no guns at them. It was kids 13 and below that they pointed assault rifles at and stuff like that, cursing at, didn't have no respect for,” he said.
Harrison said he, his wife and three kids were handcuffed and forced to the ground in his neighbor’s front yard.
"I told the police that they were really not supposed to be in handcuffs because they're minors and stuff like that but they were like they don't care, we're part of the investigation."
Next door, Bridgett Nesbit heard several gunshots and saw a sea of police lights outside. She was trying to get a better look at the situation when she heard police banging on her back door. She said they told her they needed to search the house without explanation.
“I heard a huge bang on my back door which were members of our Iredell County Sheriff’s Department. They were polite but they wanted us to know that it was a serious issue, at that moment they did not tell us what it was, they told us that they needed to clear the house,” said Nesbit.
She described the situation as tense and decided to comply with their instructions. "He began to check each room, which we were all in each room. So he started from thee back in the kitchen and we were all escorted up,” said Nesbit.
FOX 46 Charlotte reached out to the Statesville Police Department Tuesday but Chief Barone was not available for comment.
Chief Barone said in an earlier statement, "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.”
Lackey is 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.
Lackey is being held at the Iredell County Jail on $3 million bond.
“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 Chief Barone.