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Officer shoots, injures armed man outside south Charlotte hotel

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) officer shot and injured an armed man in south Charlotte early Wednesday morning, police say.

It happened around 1:40 a.m. in the Days Inn parking lot on E. Woodlawn Road. An officer pulled into the parking lot after hearing multiple gunshots coming from the area. 

CMPD said that's when the officer got out of her vehicle and encountered a man armed with a handgun.

"This officer perceived that this subject was an imminent deadly threat, at which time she fired her service weapon, striking the subject," CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said. “She saw what she believed was a gun. There is a gun on scene that we believe belonged to the suspect.”

Medic took the man to Carolinas Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg. He's expected to be OK.

Witnesses said at least six shots were fired before police arrived.

“As the guys finished shooting at us, they released five more shots into the side of the building and took off around back,” said Jesse McKee.

The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave, per standard protocol, and the Internal Affairs Bureau is conducting a separate investigation.

No names have been released.

This is the first officer-involved shooting since the shooting death of Keith Scott, and with that comes some uneasiness.

“I think that there is an extensive amount of pressure on us right now on our community, and I do not think it is just a race thing,” said Denise Jackson, who works across the street from where the Wednesday morning shooting happened.

“Are we safe, are we not safe? We do not know, and that is how we feel right now,” said Ryan Goodman, who works with Jackson.

Both Jackson and Goodman said they still would like to see more transparency from CMPD, and the department is taking steps to do that. 

One of those is called Open Source Data, which is a new tool on CMPD's website. To visit it, click here.

“It allows the public to look through a wealth of data that they can get a better understanding of events in Charlotte when an officer has discharged their weapon,” said Major Johnny Jennings. “We think that it is a small step. It is one piece in a very large puzzle. We still have a lot of work to do, we understand that.”

There are some items you will not be able to access on the website.

“We will not be providing video or audio on this site. Open Data is what it says, it is data. It is things you can look at, at a glance. Pull up numbers, pull up information,” said Jennings.

They will also have information bout traffic stops and why they were made. Depending on the case, it could take anywhere from a day to several weeks until the information is posted.

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