Ballistic Vest saves Hickory Police Officer During Shootout
One man is in jail, accused of firing gunshots at Hickory police during a late-night raid. Police said two children were inside the home during the shootout, and one officer was hit.
I heard, ‘pow, pow, pow, pow.’ It sounded like 50 to 100 rounds going off
said neighbor Jackie James.
James could hear the gunfire coming from her neighbor’s home down the street. There is shattered glass and a spot where several shots tore into the home’s siding during the shootout, which lasted nearly 20 minutes. By Tuesday afternoon, police had placed dozens of cards in the driveway marking shell casings and other pieces of evidence.“
It scared us and we went out the door, and the cop came to the door and told us to shut the door, shut the blinds, stay away from the windows and stay in the house,” James said.
Bulletproof Vest saves officer
One officer was hit in the chest but wasn’t hurt because of his body armor. Police said as many as five officers returned fire, striking Michael Lee Watson, who was rushed to the hospital and later released and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.