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Suspect charged after exchanging gunfire with officers during Charlotte robbery

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One suspect who exchanged gunfire with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers during an armed robbery Wednesday has been charged. 

Police were called to the Cash American Pawn store in the Walmart shopping center on Wilkinson Boulevard for an armed robbery in progress. It happened around 6:45 p.m.

Officers arrived and say one of the suspects shot a gun at officers. 

Police say 18-year-old Bobby Lannell Hargrove, one of the two robbery suspects, was injured during an exchange of gunfire with officer Kendrick Williams.

Hargrove was taken to Carolinas Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. After being cleared by medical staff, Hargrove was taken to police headquarters and charged with thee counts of kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm 

Investigators said they are working to determine if Hargrove's injury was caused by being "grazed when the officer fired his weapon or in a different manner."

No other injuries were reported. 

SWAT was called to the scene to check inside the building for the second person, but were unable to locate him. Officers are working to get an identification on the man who escaped. 

"We are in the process of looking for that subject," CMPD Deputy Chief Katrina Graue told reporters. "We’ll need to get a good description to get out to you so the public can help us find that second subject.”

As per standard protocol, Williams has been placed on paid administrative leave and the incident will be investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau. Williams has been with CMPD since January 2010.

Anyone with further information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS, or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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