A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds after being shot in east Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Monday morning.
The suspect is 14 years old and is in custody, officials said. He will be charged with robbery and attempted murder of a police officer.
The incident happened around 7:20 a.m. and began with a call about a car break-in near the 6100 block of Treetop Court, authorities said. That’s in an apartment community south of Albemarle Road.
Officers arrived, and a foot chase ensued, officials said.
The suspect fired at police while he was being chased and hit one officer, Deputy Chief Coerte Voorhees said. He said that the officer returned fire but didn’t hit the suspect or anyone else.
A second officer took the suspect into custody and a gun was recovered from the suspect, police said.
“It is a bad day in Charlotte or anywhere where a 14-year-old possesses a gun and tries to kill a police officer,” Voorhees said. “We’re fortunate today this wasn’t more serious” for officers or the suspect.
The wounded officer was taken to Atrium Health CMC Main. He will be identified later in the day, Voorhees said.
The shooting occurred in the Woodland Estates Apartments, according to the Observer’s news partner WBTV.
Prior shooting by CMPD
On Dec. 18, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police shot and killed a man who “forced his way into his ex-wife’s home“ in the Ballantyne area in south Charlotte, and was stabbing her 13-year-old daughter.
The man had a knife to the girl when officers arrived, police Chief Johnny Jennings told reporters. Officers were trying to deescalate the situation” when the man, “without warning,” began stabbing the girl, he said.
The teen was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with multiple stab wounds and life-threatening injuries, police said. She is the stepdaughter of the man whom police killed, CMPD said.
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