Charlotte HS basketball coach charged with having firearm at school

Charlotte high school coach charged with having firearm at school

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A coach at Charlotte Country Day School was arrested Wednesday after police said he threatened another coach with a firearm. 

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, officers responded to the south Charlotte school just before 6:30 p.m. Officers were notified by school security that an altercation occurred between two coaches. 

Investigators determined Tyrez Tarell Neal, 29, and a boys’ varsity basketball assistant coach got into an argument. CMPD said that Neal threatened the other coach with a firearm. No students were harmed during the incident. According to Charlotte Country Day School's website, Neal is the head coach of the junior varsity girls’ basketball team. 

Officers at the school found two firearms that belonged to Neal. He was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. Neal is currently being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail. 

CCDS responded with the following statement when NBC Charlotte reached out to them:

"We are very sorry that this unfortunate incident has occurred; the safety of students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern. Country Day Security quickly became aware of the situation, contacted the police, and remained on the scene until local authorities arrived. We continue to be in close communication with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and we thank them for their fast response and concern for the well-being of our community. At this time, both coaches have been suspended pending an investigation." 

The head of the school, Mark Reed, also gave a statement on the incident.

"As you may have heard on the news, there was an incident on Cannon Campus last evening. An altercation took place between two part-time coaches after hours at the front of campus. It is my understanding that one of the men, who had a concealed carry permit, had a weapon with him during but not before the incident took place. We are thankful that no one was hurt and the situation was handled by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. 

Country Day Security quickly became aware of the situation, contacted the Police, and remained on the scene until the local authorities arrived. We continue to cooperate and stay in close communication with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Both coaches, like all employees of Charlotte Country Day School, passed a background check prior to their employment and each has been suspended pending an investigation.

The safety of students, faculty, and staff is always our first concern. While we continue to look into this situation in more detail, I wanted you to hear from us in a timely manner regarding this incident. 

I am confident that our campus remains a safe place for students to learn and grow. Thank you for your continued support and trust as we serve our students."

Detectives say the investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CMPD Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Neal is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.

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