Former Mishawaka HS student arrested for assaulting officers in N.C.

 Tyler Carrico
Tyler Carrico (WNDU)
Published: Jul. 23, 2018 at 4:46 PM EDT
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A former Mishawaka High School student is in jail after a police officer was shot and another was assaulted inside a North Carolina Walmart.

Tyler Carrico, 26, was arrested Sunday night.

According to our affiliate in Winston-Salem, police say they were called for a man trespassing inside the store and refusing to leave.

According to police, when the officer began checking Carrico for warrants, he attempted to flee.

Police say the officer was able to take Carrico to the ground behind the customer service desk and radio for assistance while holding Carrico at gunpoint.

When a second officer arrived inside the store to assist with the arrest, Carrico grabbed the initial responding officer's gun and, during the struggle, the gun was discharged one time.

"So he reached for the gun," said Assistant High Point Police Chief Travis Stroud. "Got a hand on it. As soon as his hand is on it, it's hard to tell when the round is fired, but this takes about a second and the round goes off. Our officer, I guess, is indexing with his other hand trying to push him away, the round goes through."

The bullet struck the officer in the hand.

Carrico again attempted to flee while being pursued by both officers.

A second officer was able to corner Carrico in the self-checkout section of the store, and Carrico was eventually tackled by additional responding officers and taken into custody despite his physical resistance.

He was eventually detained and is facing charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, misdemeanor assault on a law enforcement officer and injury to personal property.

Multiple officers were called in to take down the 6'5'' over 200-pound Carrico.

Video of the arrest has since gone viral garnering nearly a quarter of a million views.

The owner of the video wishes to remain anonymous.

Some questioning the officers' use of force.

"I did watch those very very briefly," said Assistant Chief Stroud. "I saw them. Quite frankly. I see the officer's acting in accordance with their training. 100%. I see a fight that's going on on the ground and officer's doing what they're trained to do."

No customers or staff members were injured.

The wounded officer was taken to a hospital where he's expected to make a full recovery.

Carrico is no stranger to law enforcement in Indiana.

He has been arrested four times since 2012, with charges ranging from drug possession to criminal trespassing.

Carrico also has received five driving infractions, including speeding and failure to use a seat belt. His most recent court appearance was in May of this year.