Kannapolis man faces felony charges for injuring officers, fleeing traffic stop

Published 10:39 am Thursday, October 22, 2020

By Shavonne Potts

SALISBURY — A 23-year-old Kannapolis was out of the hospital and in jail Thursday morning on felony charges related to a Wednesday incident in which he was shot by law enforcement officers while allegedly trying to evade arrest.

Tyler Landen Gambrell, of the 1400 block of McBeth Drive, was charged with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, one count felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance schedule II, misdemeanor possession of a schedule III substance, speeding and felony fleeing to elude arrest and two counts of misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay an officer.

Tyler Landen Gambrell

Gambrell remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.

According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Gambrell was released Wednesday night after 8:30 p.m. from Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center and booked into the Rowan County Jail.

The incident in which he’s charged began around 2 a.m. Wednesday when a sheriff’s deputy conducted a vehicle stop on U.S. 601 near the Volonte Motel and in the Franklin community on a white Ford Mustang. The officer requested a K-9 to walk around the car.

The dog alerted and the deputies asked the driver and passenger to exit the car. The driver, Gambrell, took off with the deputies Kevin Holshouser and Matt Shoemaker, partially inside the vehicle.

Holshouser fired his gun into the vehicle and struck Gambrell in the arm. Both deputies were able to free themselves and call for assistance. A vehicle pursuit began and continued onto Interstate 85.

Salisbury Police and China Grove Police departments assisted in the pursuit. A China Grove officer was able to deploy stop sticks and flatten all four tires of the vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop in the median at the Peach Orchard Road exit.

Gambrell ran was captured a short distance later, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The passenger, Isaac Marroquin, was not injured and does not face charges. Deputy Holshouser was treated at the hospital for a head injury and received stitches to his arm. Holshouser was released the same day. Deputy Shoemaker had a minor arm injury. He was treated by EMS and not taken to the hospital.

Maj. John Sifford said Gambrell was in possession of oxycodone and Percocet. He also allegedly possessed a small amount of marijuana and a white powder substance. The powder substance has been submitted for testing.

“There will most likely be additional charges on this suspect once it can be determined what the white powder is,” Sifford said.

Gambrell is scheduled for a first court appearance on Friday.