Worker found dead at Concord tire store, man charged with murder after standoff

Police in Concord said a worker at a tire store off Interstate 85 was fatally shot on Saturday, and a man was charged with murder after a four-hour stand-off.

“Right now, we don’t know the motivation behind this incident,” Concord Deputy Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said at a news conference, Observer news partner WBTV reported. “Hopefully we will be able to determine that if the suspect is cooperating with us.”

Police have not released the name of the victim.

Late Saturday, police said they charged 39-year-old Jeremy Monty Spann of Lynchburg, S.C., with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

At 11:22 a.m., officers responded to a call of a verbal dispute at the Discount Tire store at 575 Dickens Place NE. Officers spoke with store employees who said a co-worker was inside with an armed suspect, according to a Concord Police Department news release.

“After successfully negotiating, the suspect surrendered, officers searched the premise and located a deceased store employee,” according to the release.

Spann was jailed without bail, police said.

A SWAT team was on scene for nearly four hours. Concord Police Department officials said officers initially responded to reports of possible hostages inside the Discount Tire store.

Around noon, Concord Police Department officials reported a SWAT team at the scene, which is off Interstate 85, about 30 minutes north of Charlotte.

Just before 1:30 p.m., WCNC Charlotte journalist Lucas Bogg reported on Twitter, quoting a police department spokesperson, that gunfire had been heard from the business.

“An unknown number of employees exited the business. It’s believed the possible shooter is still in the business, possibly with other people,” Bogg wrote.

Members of the public were advised to stay away from the area. Multiple police agencies responded to assist.

Just before 2:30 p.m., police said they had made contact with “the individual” inside the store. “This is a fluid situation, and as more information becomes available, we will update,” police said on Twitter.

The north- and southbound ramps at Copperfield Boulevard were closed Saturday afternoon because of the situation, police said.

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