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CMPD Officer Shoots, Injures Fugitive In East Charlotte

Updated 11:35 a.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a man is recovering in the hospital after he was shot and injured by a CMPD officer Wednesday night.

The man, identified as Nicholas Poulos, 30, was driving down I-77 and Carowinds Boulevard in an out-of-state vehicle believed to be stolen when officers first encountered him around 10:15 p.m.

Poulos, a white male, had warrants out of Mecklenburg County for a number of drug charges and for violating his probation, police said.

After following him for some time, officers stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Wendover Road and Monroe Road. As officers got out of their cars, Poulos began ramming his vehicle into several occupied and unoccupied vehicles nearby, some of them police cars.

CMPD officer David Harvey fired at Poulos, striking his hand. Police say when Medic arrived, Poulos was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Following the shooting, Officer Harvey was placed on administrative leave, which is standard after any officer-involved shooting. He's been employed by the police department since Aug. 2011.

Wednesday's police shooting is the fifth by CMPD this year, three of which have been fatal.

In January, a 28-year-old Hispanic man, Josue Diaz, was fatally shot by an undercover officer in what CMPD later described as a "road rage" incident.

In March, a 25-year-old Ukrainian immigrant, Iaroslav Mosiiuk, was fatally shot while brandishing an unloaded rifle at officers who had been called by the man's sister.

Two police shootings came in the month of September. First, officers fatally shot a 29-year-old Hispanic man, Rueben Galindo, outside his home in north Charlotte. Weeks later, officers shot and critically injured a 28-year-old African-American man, Johnathan Autry, while he held a pregnant woman at gunpoint.

In all three fatal shootings, the Mecklenburg County district attorney found officers were justified in using deadly force.