Armed robbery leads to officer-involved shooting in west Charlotte, police say
The shooting happened near a Food Lion on Tuckaseegee Road.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating an officer-involved shooting.
The shooting happened on Sunday afternoon near a Food Lion on Tuckaseegee Road.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, officers responded to the Food Lion for an armed-robbery call shortly before 1 p.m. Authorities reportedly encountered the suspect nearby, where he began firing at officers, striking two police cars.
Officers returned fire, causing life-threatening injuries to the suspect. He is undergoing surgery at the hospital.
“It’s a scary thing you have somebody that wants to shoot at a police officer probably over what, some very minimal amount of groceries or whatever he might have stolen from the grocery store,” CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings said.
Two officers are believed to have shot at the suspect and will be placed on a leave of absence while the preliminary investigation is underway.
“We have to work to make sure emotionally and mentally that they’re okay. But bottom line, the main point is that they get to go home to their families,” Jennings said.
The suspect has not yet been named, but he does have a history of committing violent crime, according to authorities.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is leading the investigation, while CMPD is conducting its own investigation simultaneously.
Peer services, victim services and behavioral-health specialists all responded to the scene.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
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