Gaston County (January 22, 2024, 1:30pm): The Gaston County Police Department’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) responded to the 3000 block of Philadelphia Church Road Monday morning in reference to a barricaded suspect. The Gaston County Fugitive Apprehension and Suspect Tracking (FAST) team had gone to the residence to attempt to arrest 61 year-old Gregory McAlister, who had outstanding warrants for assault on a female, resisting a public officer, and misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. When officers attempted to contact McAlister, he refused to come out of his residence and made threats of violence towards officers implying he was armed with a firearm.
The Emergency Response Team was activated and responded to the scene with tactical officers, negotiators, and the drone unit. Negotiators were able to make contact with McAlister and get him to peacefully surrender to officers. McAlister was transported to the jail where he was served with his outstanding warrants and held on a domestic violence hold.
The Gaston County Police would like to thank Gaston Emergency Medical Services and North Gaston Fire for their assistance, as well as all partnering agencies who are part of ERT and FAST team.