CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police in Charlotte say five people have been charged, including a man who was shot by police, after they are accused of breaking into a home in northwest Charlotte.
Officers were called to a home along the 400 block of West Avenue to a breaking and entering call which came in at 12:48 a.m. Wednesday morning. Officers say they were at a shooting call in the same area, when they got the second call.
Officers say they found several people outside of the home. One of the men ran from officers and when an officer started chasing him, police say, the man started shooting at the officer.
According to police, Officer Joshua Baswell returned fire and shot 21-year-old Christopher Michael Fortson. Fortson fell to the ground, according to officers, and was taken into custody.
Officers immediately called for Medic, who arrived on scene and transported the suspect to Carolinas Medical Center where he was rushed into surgery.
Fortson has been charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon - With a Firearm on a Law Enforcement Officer, Attempted Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Armed Robbery and First Degree Burglary. He is recovering at Carolinas Medical Center. Once he is discharged, he will be transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.
Officer Baswell was not hit by Fortson's gunshots, police say.
Officer Joshua Baswell has been a member of the CMPD since January 25, 2010. He is currently assigned to the Freedom Division as a Patrol Officer.
Detectives with the Homicide Unit are conducting the shooting investigation while Detectives with the Internal Affairs Unit will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether or not CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.
Per department protocol, Officer Baswell has been placed on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.
Detectives with the Homicide Unit are currently canvassing the neighborhood to determine if there are any witnesses to this incident. Detectives with the Gang Unit and Vice & Narcotics responded to the scene to aid in the investigation.
A representative of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office responded to the scene as well.
Three other men: Ryan Michael Sumpter, Ryan Christopher Munsey and Irving Alfonso Lopez were all charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Armed Robbery and First Degree Burglary.
Bridget Nicole Bowen was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.
This case remains under active investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Deputy Chief Kerr Putney said situations like this can be a very dangerous situation for police.
"Our officers have to have a heightened level of awareness responding to a call like this." he said. "There were multiple calls coming in, active shots being fired, and they don't know what they are going to encounter when they get here."
James Adams, who lives in the neighborhood, said he's never seen anything like this.