CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A police officer is recovering at home and a suspect is in critical condition following a shooting in southwest Charlotte Saturday night.
Three people were shot in total, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, during an incident in the Steele Creek area of Charlotte.
The man accused of shooting the officer and another victim has been identified as 25-year-old Joshuale Matthews-Vincent Carter. Police say he is currently in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center.
The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday on Honey Hill Lane. That's in the Bennington Place subdivision off South Tryon Street.
The injured officer, identified as Lieutenant Andy Harris, has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
Police said officers were responding to a shots fired call where they say a man had been shot inside an apartment. When CMPD and firefighters arrived on scene, they said the suspect shot at both agencies. During that time, Lt. Harris was struck by a bullet.
Lt. Harris was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was rushed into surgery. In a 1 a.m. news conference, CMPD said he was in good spirits and talking with family just hours after the shooting.
One neighbor said he heard the gunshots, and when he looked outside his condo, he saw Harris.
"About this point, a policeman comes running by me, saying, 'I've been shot. I've been shot'," said David Seeley.
Another neighbor had bullet holes from the shootout throughout her home. Some bullets even made their way inside her home.
"In my house there's two bullet holes. One went through my bedroom door, and the other is in my kitchen cabinet," said Shannon Quinn, who lives two doors down from Carter's home.
During the shooting, Carter was also hit and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Upon his release from the hospital, Carter will be charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, assault inflicting bodily injury on a law enforcement officer, second degree kidnapping, assault on a female, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says all officers Saturday night went above and beyond in keeping the community safe. Sergeant Jonathan Steppe and Officer Jon Carroll responded to the call alongside Harris.
"The lieutenant was leading by example, responded to a call somebody was calling us, needing our assistance, and the heroism of the officers responding to assist goes beyond question," Putney said.
Police are not looking for any other suspects at this time. Detectives say the man they found shot inside the apartment was a friend of Carter's, and say he was shot by Carter. His injuries were not serious.
Christopher Curcio is a friend of the other victim, whom police still have not named.
"I just got off the phone with him, he's in good condition. I'm just happy he's not more injured than what he is" Curcio said.
Seeley says he is still shocked a shootout with police happened so close to home.
"This is a quiet neighborhood, never have any violence or police," Seeley said.
After an incident like this, Quinn says she's scared to go back in her home.
"It's scary. It makes you want to leave. You're in your house, Easter is in a few hours. I didn't expect this," Quinn said.
In line with standard procedures, Sgt. Steppe, Officer Carroll, and Lt. Harris have all been placed on paid administrative leave. Steppe has been with CMPD since 2008, Carroll since 2015 and Harris since 1992.
Other than the Lt. Harris, Carter and the third person, no one else was injured.