Hickory, NC - Hickory Officers have charged a man with assault by pointing a weapon, in reference to a fight over the Confederate flag.
The incident happened on Sunday, August 16, at 2350 U.S. Hwy 70 southeast. Officers say the victim reported that a black man had gotten upset about the Confederate flag displayed in the bed of his truck and tried to remove it. A fight broke out and the subject pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim, according to Hickory Officers.
Officers say the subject drove off in a vehicle and was reported to be near Catawba Valley Community College. Officers say they found a weapon in an access road near the campus and the subject hiding in the bushes at the school. Caine Anthony Morrison was detained but soon released because the victim and witnesses left the scene.
After officers continued to investigate Morrison was arrested on Tuesday, August 18, and charged with assault by pointing a gun, going armed to the terror of the public and possessing a weapon on educational property. He received a $125,000 secured bond.
The Hickory Police Department is continuing this investigation and asks anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident to contact Inv. J. Patterson or Sgt. A. Robison at 828-328-5551.