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CAPE CARTERET — Town officials at about 1:50 p.m. Wednesday identified Leo Charles Schmidt, 51, of Emerald Isle, as the suspect arrested by officers after a standoff at a recreational vehicle in the parking lot at Lowes Foods in the Carteret Crossing Shopping Center off Highway 24.

According to the release from Town Manager Zach Steffey, “At approximately 9 a.m., Cape Carteret officers were dispatched to the Carteret Crossing Shopping Center in reference to a motor home that was parked in the parking lot of Lowes Foods.

“The caller advised that there was a female subject dropping notes out of the window of the motor home stating to call 911 and that she needed help.”

According to the release, officers arrived on the scene shortly after receiving the call, and the “female subject stepped out of the motor home and was escorted by law enforcement to a safe location.”

Officers with weapons surrounded the RV.

The release said the female subject – as yet unidentified – “advised at that time that she needed EMS and was subsequently treated and transported by Western Carteret EMS to Carteret Health Care.”

Mr. Steffey wrote that “information was provided to CCPD officers at the scene that the male subject may have been armed.

“CCPD officers ordered the male subject to exit the motor home, however, the male subject refused to exit the motor home.”

According to the release, Police Chief Bill McKinney then requested the assistance of the Carteret County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team in removing the male subject from the motor home.

“The Carteret County Sheriff's Office Negotiator arrived on scene and attempted to negotiate with the subject to exit the motor home until the Carteret County Sheriff's Office SRT team arrived on scene,” according to the release.

In addition to the SRT team, Carteret County sheriff's deputies, N.C. Highway Patrol, N.C. Wildlife, Emerald Isle police and Morehead City police also assisted. 

Mr. Steffey’s release states, “The subject was removed from the motor home without incident by the Carteret County Sheriff's Office SRT team.”

 Mr. Schmidt, according to the release, was arrested by the town police and transported to CHC for medical clearance before being taken to the Carteret County jail in Beaufort.

The incident is still under investigation by the town police department.

The incident ended shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday when the Special Response Team entered the RV.

According to Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck, “We made the decision at the appropriate time to go in and get him.”

The SRT had given the man a cell phone and attempted to negotiate with him, but to no avail, the sheriff said Wednesday, shortly after the incident concluded.

During the incident, the N.C. Highway Patrol blocked off the entrance to the store’s parking lot as the standoff continued. The grocery store never closed.

Officials said they believe the pair had been involved in a physical altercation. They also said they believe the male suspect was armed, but have not yet confirmed the presence of a weapon.

Sheriff Buck praised the efforts of the Cape Carteret Police Department for a quick and effective response.

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email Brad@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

(Previous report) 

CAPE CARTERET — A standoff with a possibly armed suspect ended shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday when the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team entered an RV in the parking lot of the Lowe’s Foods and removed a male suspect after a female occupant had escaped with the help of Cape Carteret police.

Sheriff Asa Buck said the subject did not voluntarily surrender, as previously reported.

“We made the decision at the appropriate time to go in and get him,” the sheriff said. Officials had previously given the man a cell phone and negotiated with him, the sheriff said.

Cape Carteret police were called to the scene around 9:24 a.m. Wednesday. According to Sheriff Buck, the woman in the RV had allegedly dropped a note into the parking lot asking for help, which triggered the call.

Cape Carteret Police Chief Bill McKinney responded immediately with several officers, surrounded the RV and called in help from the sheriff’s office, which sent the SRT, including officers from the Morehead City and Emerald Isle police departments.

The N.C. Highway Patrol blocked off entrance to the store’s parking lot – in the Carteret Crossing Shopping Center – as the standoff continued. The grocery store never closed.

Officials said they believe the pair had been involved in a physical altercation. They also said they believe the male suspect was armed, but have not yet confirmed the presence of a weapon.

The unidentified female and the male suspect were taken to Carteret Health Care for evaluation and possible treatment, according to the sheriff.

Sheriff Buck praised the efforts of the Cape Carteret Police Department for a quick and effective response.

The investigating is ongoing, and Cape Carteret officials are expected to release more information today.

This is a developing report.

(Previous report)

CAPE CARTERET — Officials confirm they have ended a standoff situation at Lowes Foods and apprehended a suspect.

Cape Carteret police were called to the scene around 9:24 a.m. Wednesday to respond to a disturbance.

According to authorities, police immediately surrounded an RV in the area believed to have a man and woman inside. Officials said they believe the pair were involved in a physical altercation.They also said they believed the male suspect was armed, but have not confirmed the presence of a weapon.

The Carteret County Special Response Team was called in to assist and the N.C. Highway Patrol blocked off the entrance to the grocery store, according to a News-Times reporter on scene.

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck said the male suspect allegedly dropped a note out of the window of the vehicle indicating he “wanted to give up.”

The situation resolved just before 11 a.m., when officials were able to get the female subject out of the RV and transport her to Carteret Health Care for an examination.

The male suspect was also transported to the hospital.

Officials have not released the identities of either subject.

The investigation is continuing.

Sheriff Buck praised the efforts of the Cape Carteret Police Department for a quick and effective response.

Cape Carteret officials are set to release more information today.

 

This is a developing report.

(5) comments

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Sheriff Taylor and Fife, would be proud.

Pee Dee 1907

@CarteretIsCorrupt All you have to do is obey the law, particularly when it relates to ATF rules. Snarky commentary aside, at least Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Fife reflect the core values and ethics of the community that has elected them to the service of the people. Funny how that works in our country - you know, the Law and all.

DeadBolt

I could have gotten him out in about 2 minutes with a Bic lighter. Total cost .99 cents? (and had some fire training for free!) [wink]

CARTERETISCORRUPT

PeeDee, if you think obeying the law will keep you out of trouble, you would be wrong. Especially here in Carteret County. I suggest you attend district court sometime and listen closely. Standoffs here haven't resulted in a very good outcome, historically. It wasn't too long ago there were at least two killings by cops. A homicide by cop is never prosecuted, civilians are always. Self defense is a foreign concept here. There have been very questionable shootings here. Maybe a little research would assist you.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Oh, PeeDee, about ATF: That agency hasn't a stellar history either. It wasn't too long ago, Congress had to reel them in with legislation. Enforcement of federal laws, and federal gun laws in particular, aren't an issue either, as most cops haven't a clue, nor the prosecutor. If you reference the local drug busts where firearms were found with convicted felons, there was no prosecution, especially on the federal level, where sentences are much longer, and you do every day of the sentence. But, to prosecute these crimes takes initiative. In this particular story or article ATF rules have no relevance. (Rules are not laws).

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