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Officer, Robbery Suspect Shot In Police Chase

At about 1 a.m. Sunday morning, CMPD officers were in pursuit of 20-year-old Malcolm Xavier Springs by ground and through the air. A police helicopter's spotlight helped keep track of Spring as he was running from officers. The chase ended in gunfire. Police says that officer Brent Harrison was shot in his right leg. Springs was shot in the abdomen. He is still in the hospital, while Harrison was treated and released, the Charlotte Observer reports. Springs, of Mooresville, was suspected of a robbery and shooting at a Marathon gas station earlier at 1419 West Trade Street. Police stopped his car near Wilkinson Boulevard and Ashley Road because it matched a witness's description. Springs then ran from police. From the Observer: When neighbor Amanda Artis heard yelling, she looked out her window and saw a man with dreadlocks in a blue T-shirt, running down the street. He was illuminated by a helicopter's spotlight. Artis said the fleeing man abruptly turned and drew a gun from the front of his waistband. A flame popped out from the muzzle. "I said, 'Oh my God! He just shot a police officer!'" Artis recalled. The officer returned fire. "Both of them fell, but the gunshots kept going off," Artis said. She said she heard about 14 shots. The officer fell in the street in front of Leon Hardin's house, two doors down from Artis. When Hardin looked outside, he saw an officer with a shotgun standing protectively over Harrison. Artis and Hardin also told the Observer they saw officers kick and punch Springs while he was handcuffed on the ground. Hardin said didn't mind that police struck Springs a few times, but thought they went too far. Spings is charges with two counts of attempted armed robbery, two counts of attempted murder, assault witha firearm on a law enforcement officer and and possession of a firearm by a felon. Get more details here from the Observer.