A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer and an N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement officer were hospitalized early Sunday after being struck by a suspect fleeing the scene of an investigation on North Caldwell and 6th streets in uptown, CMPD officials said.
Both officers were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with minor injuries, officials said.
Police have charged Jerel Manvil Rhoades, 37, with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer causing serious injury, two counts of felony hit and run, carrying a concealed weapon, driving while impaired, reckless driving and hit and run. A hometown was not listed for Rhoades on the jail website.
The incident was not related to any official CIAA-sanctioned events going on in uptown Charlotte over the weekend, police said.
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The incident happened Sunday at 12:07 a.m., as CMPD and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement officers were investigating contraband found in a vehicle in a parking lot at North Caldwell Street and 6th Street, officials said.
“As officers were conducting their investigation, one subject got inside of a vehicle and drove away, hitting a CMPD and ALE officer,” said a statement from police. “At least one ALE officer subsequently fired his service weapon and the suspect fled the scene. “
No shots were fired by CMPD officers, officials said. The State Bureau of Investigation will be brought in to review the shooting by the ALE officers, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.
The names of the injured officers were not released.