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Suspect charged with assault, gun on educational property in connection to second UNC lockdown

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A Chapel Hill police car is pictured on Oct. 7, 2022. 

Updated 9/14 at 8:57 a.m.: Harris is being held in the Orange County Jail on charges of assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats, having a gun on educational property and going armed to the terror of the public.

Harris' first court appearance is scheduled for today at 2 p.m. at the Orange County Courthouse.


Updated 7:03 p.m.: According to the Chapel Hill Police Department, the warrants for Harris' arrest from Sept. 5 were related to a "road rage incident" and aggravated assault at Carolina Blue Mini Mart on Old Durham Road near Scarlett Drive.

No one was hurt during the Sept. 5 incident, but Harris allegedly threatened someone at the scene and brandished a handgun.


The Chapel Hill Police Department has arrested a suspect after the UNC community sheltered in place on Wednesday for the second time in a month regarding an "armed and dangerous person on campus."

At around 2:45 p.m., CHPD arrested Mickel Deonte Harris, 27, of Durham, in the 300 block of Formosa Lane. Harris was arrested on outstanding warrants related to a previous assault that took place on Sept. 5,  but CHPD confirmed Harris was connected to the active situation from Wednesday afternoon on UNC's campus.

UNC Police is leading the investigation into the Wednesday incident, and there is no immediate threat to campus.

Harris was arrested more than 30 minutes after UNC issued the all-clear for students and faculty on campus and about two hours after the University went into lockdown. 

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

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Emmy Martin

Emmy Martin is the 2023-24 editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel. She has previously served as the DTH's city & state editor and summer managing editor. Emmy is a junior pursuing a double major in journalism and media and information science. 


Ethan E. Horton

Ethan E. Horton is the 2023-24 city & state editor at The Daily Tar Heel. He has previously served as a city & state assistant editor and as the 2023 summer managing editor. Ethan is a senior pursuing a double major in journalism and media and political science, with a minor in history.

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