CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. - A crime that locked down a Cabarrus County school and neighborhood for several hours came to a tragic end Wednesday evening.
Brandon Kyle Morris, 22, of Midland fatally shot himself inside his home on Crystal Drive, investigators said.
Deputies with the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the neighborhood after a resident called 911 and said someone broke into their home around 2:45 p.m.
The crime prompted nearby Bethel Elementary School to go on lockdown.
The lockdown was later lifted and children dismissed from school once deputies were able to locate and identify the suspect.
Investigators said information from neighbors helped identify Morris as the man who broke into his neighbor’s home.
“When we went to the home he came to the front door and then went back into the house,” said Chief Deputy Paul Hunt. “We tried to talk with him.”
Communication was unsuccessful and Hunt said deputies entered the home a short time after hearing a gunshot. Hunt said deputies found Morris dead inside the home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Morris reportedly lived with his father but was alone in the house when this happened.
“It’s very unfortunate for this to end like this,” Hunt said. “It’s unfortunate for the family, for us and for the community.”
Hunt said deputies never fired their weapons throughout this incident.
No one else was hurt.
The investigation is ongoing.
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