*Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Press Release*
On September 26, 2018, Watauga County 911 Emergency Communications Center received a call at 10:13 am from Caldwell Community College; located at 372 Community College Drive, Boone, NC, in reference to a person with a weapon on campus.
Officers from Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and Boone Police Department responded to Caldwell Community College. The College was immediately placed on lock down for Students, Instructors, and Staff.
WCSO and Boone PD protocol worked very well, and responding units and the CCCTI Faculty, Administration, and Students did a phenomenal job allowing for the strategic placement of responding units. The Watauga County 911 Emergency Communications Center relayed information to responding units and fielded several “Text to 911” messages.
Officers were able to locate the suspected person on a wooded trail below Caldwell Community College.
The suspect was apprehended and detained without incident. A search of the suspect revealed a fixed blade Bowie knife and an arbor saw.
As a result of this apprehension, William Christopher Hardy, 21 years of age, a resident of 1999 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC was charged with Carrying a Weapon on Educational Property.
Hardy, a student at CCCTI, was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate and given a bond in the amount of $500.00 and a court date of October 26, 2018.