Officer shoots suspect at east Charlotte apartment complex

Terrence Darden (Photo courtesy of NC Division of Prisons)
Terrence Darden (Photo courtesy of NC Division of Prisons)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man remains in critical condition after he was shot by a police officer at an apartment complex in east Charlotte late Thursday night.

The shooting occurred around 8:22 p.m. at the Timber Ridge Apartments located along the 7200 block of Barrington Drive.

The man who was shot by the police officer has been identified as Terrence Darden, 21.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, prior to the shooting, members of the North Tryon Division's Focused Mission Team made contact with Darden in the common area at the apartment complex.

As officers were running after Darden, police say he pulled out a handgun.

Officer Thomas Wishon fired his weapon at Darden who was struck once in the upper body.  Police were unable to say if the bullet entered Darden's chest or back.

MEDIC transported Darden to Carolinas Medical Center.  Police were able to speak with Darden at the hospital.  They say he admitted to having a gun and that he was displaying the gun during the foot pursuit.

No officers were injured during the incident.

Wishon has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.

Police have issues warrants against Darden for assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to sell/distribute marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.

Once he is released from the hospital, he will be taken to the Mecklenburg County jail.

If you know anything about this shooting call, the CMPD 704-432-TIPS.

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