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Posted on: July 19, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Gaston County Police Assist Dallas Police with Officer Involved Shooting Investigation

William Thad McMickle

At approximately 6:15pm on July 18, 2023, two Dallas Police Officers responded to the area of Fields Street and N. Holland Street after a neighbor called 911 in reference to a neighbor pointing a gun at them. Upon arrival, two Dallas Police Officers encountered a white male subject holding an object that appeared to be a firearm. As officers arrived and encountered the suspect, later identified as William Thad McMickle, Mr. McMickle fired a weapon.  This action prompted both officers to discharge their weapons.  Mr. McMickle retreated into a nearby house and a short standoff ensued.  After approximately 30 minutes, Mr. McMickle was taken into custody without incident.  Neither the suspect or any officers were injured.  

Mr. McMickle has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault by pointing a gun, and one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.  He is currently under a hold in the Gaston County Jail awaiting his first appearance in Gaston County Court.

Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the on-going investigation.  

The Gaston County Police would like to thank our partner public safety agencies and the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance with this investigation.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact the Gaston County Police at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.  A Crimestoppers reward of up to $1,000 is available for information pertinent to the investigation.  There is no further information available at this time.

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