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Charlotte Police Officer Shot, Suspect Killed

Davie Hinshaw
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are on scene early Monday morning of an officer involved shooting that occurred Sunday night. An officer was shot in the leg and a suspect was shot and killed as officers tried to serve an arrest warrant on Watson Drive.

Charlotte Observer

An officer was shot in the leg and a suspect was shot and killed as officers tried to serve an arrest warrant in west Charlotte late Sunday.

The warrant may have been related to an ongoing investigation of a body found inside a burning car in Gaston County, according to one news report.

The incident Sunday began about 9 p.m. on Watson Drive, near where Remount Road meets West Boulevard. Police say officers were trying to serve an arrest warrant on a suspect. When officers approached the home “they were confronted by several suspects who began firing at the officers,” according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department news release.

One officer was shot in the ankle. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Officers returned fire, striking one suspect, who was later pronounced dead.

CMPD has not released the name of the person who was shot or the name of the injured officer.

Police thought more suspects might be in the home and called in negotiators and SWAT team members.

Around 11:15 p.m., police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters at the scene that all the people inside the house had come out and were being interviewed by detectives. No one had been arrested late Sunday, as officers attempted to find out who fired shots at the police.

The warrant that officers were trying to serve before Sunday’s shooting may be related to the death of Norris Martin, 34, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.

Martin’s body was inside a vehicle that was set ablaze at Warlick Academy in Ranlo.

James Hampton Evans, 28, has been arrested in connection with Martin’s death and charged with murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, breaking and entering, possession of a firearm by a felon and kidnapping.

Evans was found attempting to flee from the burning vehicle on Spencer Mountain Road, near Warlick Academy, an alternative school.

A shooting on Woodland Circle in northwest Charlotte also is believed to be linked to the investigation in Ranlo. In the Woodland Circle shooting Dec. 30, investigators found Jamal Robinson suffering from a gunshot wound.

Authorities have not said how the cases might be related but said those involved knew each other.

Karen Sullivan contributed.