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CMPD Officer Shoots Woman Who Attempted To Hit Him With Car, Police Say

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Updated 12:05 p.m.

A woman was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Thursday after a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot at her.

CMPD says officers responded to a call Thursday afternoon about a woman, 23-year-old Raynique Austin, who police say was firing gunshots at a store owner in the 1200 block of Tyvola Road in south Charlotte.

According to police, Austin made multiple attempts to hit with her car the first officer who arrived on the scene. Officer Dustin Smith, who was hired in 2018, was identified by CMPD as firing his gun. Smith has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice when an officer discharges a weapon.

Austin is in stable condition at a local hospital, according to CMPD. She will be charged with attempted murder and five counts of hit and run when she is released, CMPD said.

CMPD says none of its officers were injured in the incident. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

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Claire Donnelly is WFAE's health reporter. She previously worked at NPR member station KGOU in Oklahoma and also interned at WBEZ in Chicago and WAMU in Washington, D.C. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and attended college at the University of Virginia, where she majored in Comparative Literature and Spanish. Claire is originally from Richmond, Virginia. Reach her at cdonnelly@wfae.org or on Twitter @donnellyclairee.