Suspect Arrested In Lincolnton Police Chase That Ended With An Officer-Involved Shooting

UPDATE: Brian Brittain has been arrested after being released from CMC.

According to officials, Brittain was released from CMC in Charlotte Monday and taken into custody by officers with the Lincolnton Police Department. Officials say Brittain has been placed under a $150,000 secured bond.


LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Police say a suspect stole a vehicle from the National Guard Armory and then lead police on a chase which ended with a officer-involved shooting.

Officials say they attempted to stop a vehicle that was driving erratically with no lights on shortly before 4:30 am on Saturday morning.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Brian Samuel Brittain, refused to stop and made an abrupt turn on Salem Church Road from Main Street.  Police say the Brittain struck a second police unit that was responding to help with the chase.

Brittain then reversed and backed toward the pursuing officers unit.

Officials say the pursuing officer fired his gun at the vehicle and the suspect drove away from the scene.

Lincolnton Police say the suspect stole the vehicle from the National Guard Armory located on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton.

Reports now indicate that the suspect had indeed been shot. Brittain at some point got out of the Humvee and into another vehicle. It was the driver or that stolen vehicle that managed to flag down a deputy sheriff and tell him that that the suspect had been shot.

After being apprehended, the suspect was airlifted to Charlotte where he has been undergoing treatment for his injuries. He is expected to be released fro the hospital sometime on February 6th. As of this time, authorities believe he acted alone.

Brittain has been charged with Felony Breaking and Entering, Felony Larceny of Motor Vehicle, Felony Fleeing to Elude, Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, and Felony Possession of Stolen Goods.

As for the officer who was struck by the SUV in his vehicle, Officer Daniel Lafone, he has been treated an released at the hospital.

Officer Thomas Hall, whose weapon struck the victim, has been placed on administrative leave, standard procedure for any officer firing their weapon, while Investigators continue to look into the incident.