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Greyson Ferrell sentenced to at least 7 years

Sept. 11. Greyson Ferrell, ​19, will spend at least seven years in prison for sho​oting a Cornelius police officer ​who ​respond​ed​ to a call for assistance at his home​ on Coachman’s Trace.

Ferrell pled guilty in August to assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill ​and ​assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer. ​Superior Court Judge W. Todd Pomeroy​ ​sentenced Ferrell to 92-123 months in prison, the maximum penalty​.​

​Fortunately, Lt. James Quattlebaum​ was wearing a bullet-proof vest when he was shot. Nevertheless, he was seriously injured​ and hospitalized.

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said Ferrell ambushed​ police when they were called to investigate a domestic violence report in May 2015.​ ​Murray says a second officer fired back at Ferrell. Ferrell’s bulletproof vest stopped the shots, but the teen was knocked to the floor and the other officer took him into custody.

Th​e ​then 16-year-old Ferrell​ had no criminal record prior to this incident​.​ The Cornelius Police Department turned over the investigation to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

It was the first time a Cornelius Police officer had been shot in the line of duty. Quattlebaum recovered completely from the close call. Police described the incident as both a domestic dispute and an ambush.