Shooting Incident Update – 352 N. Tradd Street
On Monday, July 3, 2023, at 4:07 P.M., the Statesville Police Department received a 911 call regarding a person who had been shot and was lying in the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers responded to the scene at 352 N. Tradd Street in Statesville and discovered Brandis Teon Imes, a 43-year-old resident of Statesville, lying in the driveway with a gunshot wound to the leg. The SPD Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene and initiated an investigation into the incident.
Following the execution of a search warrant at 354 N. Tradd Street, the Violent Crimes Unit obtained an arrest warrant for William Howard Morrison II, a 21-year-old resident of Statesville, in connection with the shooting of Brandis Teon Imes.
Later that night, investigators received information that Morrison was located at a residence in the 300 block of Buffalo Shoals. Prior to officers’ arrival to the residence, Statesville Police utilized a drone to monitor the location. As officers approached the residence, Morrison fled and was tracked using the drone. Officers apprehended Morrison hiding behind a garage at the dead end of Mardon Lane.
Corporal Mitchell and K-9 Axl conducted an article search of the area that Morrison had fled from the residence. During the search, K-9 Axl discovered a loaded .45 caliber handgun in a field. The serial number of the firearm matched a gun box located in the residence of 354 N. Tradd Street, Morrison’s residence. Forensic testing will be conducted on the firearm.
Morrison was taken before a magistrate and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and Discharging a Firearm in the city limits. Morrison was subsequently placed in the Iredell County Jail under a secured bond of $350,000.