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CMPD makes arrest in officer-related shooting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested the man they believe traded shots with an officer Thursday night after allegedly robbing an undercover CMPD officer and a drug informant.

Jimmie Harris Jr., 25, was arrested Friday afternoon, police said.

Harris, who goes by the street name “Black,” was wanted on charges of attempted murder, assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with Thursday’s shooting, police said.

The series of events took place shortly before 8 p.m. in the 1100 block of Jordans Pond Lane, in the northwest Charlotte community between Valleydale Road and Brookshire Boulevard.

No injuries were reported. CMPD said the officer involved in the shooting, Sgt. Keith Caviness, has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in police-involved shootings. Caviness has been with CMPD for 19 years and is assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau.

Investigators said detectives were conducting an undercover drug investigation Thursday night when a suspect robbed an undercover officer and an informant. The suspect jumped into a vehicle driven by a woman and began leaving the neighborhood.

Other police officers tried to stop the vehicle. Investigators said the vehicle came to a stop, and the suspect jumped out and began shooting at police. An officer, identified as Caviness, returned fire.

The man then ran off. Police did not say whether the woman driving the car also escaped.

During the suspect’s escape, police said, he shot and killed a resident’s dog. Police conducted a manhunt for several hours but did not make an arrest Thursday.

Harris is also wanted on unrelated attempted murder charges in South Carolina, according to officials.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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