Police say they arrested a Cary man this morning after he carried a BB gun to Town Hall and bumped a police officer with his vehicle while trying to flee.
No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, Cary police say. They lifted a Town Hall lockdown shortly after it was implemented.
Khuong Cil, 43, of Wickham Place, Cary, entered the first floor of Town Hall shortly after 9:30 a.m. and walked into the finance department, according to Tony Godwin, Cary’s deputy police chief.
A staff member called 911 after seeing Cil carrying what appeared to be a long gun, Godwin said.
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“He was holding (the gun) the whole time,” Godwin said. “He never pointed it or threatened anybody that we’re aware of.
“He was speaking a foreign language, so (staff members) didn’t understand what he was saying,” he added.
Cil calmly walked out of Town Hall after a brief and unsuccessful attempt to communicate with a staff member, Godwin said.
But, as a Cary police officer attempted to confront Cil in the parking lot, Cil got in his car, Godwin said.
“He put the vehicle in reverse and struck the officer,” Godwin said. “He didn’t hit him hard, but he did hit him.”
Cil didn’t resist arrest when police arrested him at 9:42 a.m. at the intersection of Chapel Hill and Durham roads, police said.
He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon upon a government officer, a felony, and carrying and displaying a weapon in a public space where weapons are prohibited. The charges carry a penalty of up to 43 months in jail, according to the statement.
It’s unclear why Cil entered Town Hall with the BB gun, Godwin said.
“We don’t know,” Godwin said. “It’s very odd.”
He is being held at the Wake County Public Safety Center.
Cil’s arrest marks the second time in the last six months where Cary police arrested armed suspects on Cary’s Town Hall campus at 316 N. Academy St.
On Sept. 18, town police detained five people and charged two with attempted murder after reports of gunfire and a chase involving two cars ended outside Town Hall.
No one was reported injured in the September incident, which police said they suspected was connected to a drug deal. They reported finding one handgun.
Town Hall was locked down for about 10 minutes that afternoon, while Northwoods and Kingswood elementary schools were also briefly locked down.