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CMPD Seeks Witnesses In Shooting, Arrest

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department is looking into claims that officers used excessive force in making an arrest early Sunday after the suspect allegedly shot an officer. The department is asking for witnesses who saw the arrest to come forward. Police arrested 20 year-old Malcolm Springs of Mooresville after he allegedly shot a man while trying to rob a gas station, and a police officer who tried to apprehend him. Witnesses have said officers hit and kicked Springs while he was handcuffed on the ground. The officer was shot in the leg and will recover. Springs was also shot. He was released from a hospital on Tuesday and is now at the Mecklenburg County Jail. Here's a press release from the CMPD: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is seeking the community's assistance related to the investigation of a series of events which occurred early in the morning of March 20, 2011. Specifically CMPD is interested in speaking to any witnesses who have information regarding these events: - The robbery that took place in the 1400 block of West Trade Street on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at approximately 1a.m. - The shooting that occurred in the 1800 block of Garibaldi Avenue involving Officer Brent Harrison and Malcolm Xavier Springs. - The arrest of Malcolm Xavier Springs on Garibaldi Avenue. Detectives with the CMPD returned to Garibaldi Avenue on Monday March 21st, attempting to make contact with anyone who may have new information regarding the robbery, the shooting of Officer Harrison and the subsequent arrest of Mr. Springs. An Internal Affairs investigation began immediately after the shooting involving Officer Harrison and the arrest of Mr. Springs. This is standard procedure for any case in which an officer fires his service weapon or when an officer uses force to make an arrest. In an effort to preserve the trust and confidence of the community, the CMPD investigates all accusations of officer misconduct. This investigation will be no different than any other internal affairs investigation. The confidentiality of each person who calls to speak to a detective is assured. Please notify the public to call Detective Osorio at 704-432-TIPS, Internal Affairs at 704-336-2336 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 if they have any information regarding the events listed above.