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Former Charlotte Mayor's son, Patrick H. Cannon, arrested for stolen weapon

Patrick H. Cannon was arrested after officers found a stolen gun in his father's car.


Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon's son, who shares the same first and last name, was arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Sunday.

Patrick H. Cannon, the 18-year-old son of former mayor Patrick D. Cannon, is facing four charges, including possession of a stolen firearm and resisting a police officer.

On Sunday, officers interviewed the younger Cannon while investigating an alleged assault at a church, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrest records obtained Wednesday. A 911 caller said the alleged gunman had returned to an apartment complex near 5700 Leake Street.

Once on-scene, the 911 caller directed officers to a black VW Jetta 4DR, records indicated. Inside the vehicle, officers found Patrick H. Cannon sitting in the driver's seat.

While interviewing Cannon, CMPD records indicate Cannon provided a false name and date of birth. He refused the officer's request to search the vehicle, according to the arrest record.

A short time later, the former mayor arrived and identified himself to officers as the registered owner of the car, according to documents. The elder Cannon gave officers permission to search the car.

Inside the car, officers found a Glock 19 firearm under the driver's seat, according to CMPD. The gun was reported stolen from Gastonia.

The 18-year-old Cannon was taken into custody and charged with:

  • two counts of carrying a conceal weapon
  • a count of possession of stolen firearm
  • a count of resisting a public officer

Patrick H. Cannon was booked and released from the Mecklenburg County jail Sunday, according to records obtained Wednesday.

The elder Cannon is the former mayor of Charlotte and in 2014 pleaded guilty to taking $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.  Patrick D. Cannon believed the agents were out of state developers looking for a hand-up in Charlotte's booming real estate market. He was released from federal custody in 2016.


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