Chatham County

Bail set at $1 million for man arrested after credit-union standoff in Pittsboro

This story was updated at 6:21 p.m. Sept. 13, 2019.

Police swarmed a credit union outside Pittsboro on Thursday after reports of a man inside with a gun, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office reported.

On Friday a Sheriffs Office spokeswoman said the suspect, Kevin Francis Laliberte, was arrested and being charged with felony second-degree kidnapping, felony discharge of a weapon into occupied property, possession of firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun, and injury to real property. Bail was set at $1 million.

Town officials confirmed that no one was injured.

Kevin Francis Laliberte Chatham County Sheriff's Office

Helicopter footage from ABC11 showed dozens of police officers and Chatham County sheriff’s deputies, many of them in tactical gear, surrounding the State Employee’s Credit Union. Later, two officers lead a man in a white T-shirt out of the credit union in handcuffs.

“Sheriff’s deputies look like, big guns, I’ve seen a couple wearing vests, helmets,” said Chatham News and Record reporter Zachary Horner from the scene via Facebook.

The area just outside of town was under heavy lockdown.

“Trapped at cidery due to an active shooter at road entrance to our facility,” Chatham County Commissioner James Grant Crawford posted on Facebook. “Hope everyone gets to go home safely today.”

Multiple sources tweeted there was a hostage situation, but this has not been confirmed by law enforcement.

Randolph Voller, former mayor of Pittsboro and head of the N.C. Democratic Party, posted on Facebook that sources in town confirm a hostage situation and shots fired. At about 2 p.m., he posted that no injuries were reported and the crisis had been resolved.

Josh Shaffer covers Wake County and federal courts. He has been a reporter for The News & Observer since 2004 and previously wrote a column about unusual people and places.