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‘They’re being shot at.’ Gunfight erupts between parole officers, suspects in Charlotte 

Two men remain on the run after engaging in a shootout with N.C. probation officers Monday in the middle of a southwest Charlotte neighborhood.
Two men remain on the run after engaging in a shootout with N.C. probation officers Monday in the middle of a southwest Charlotte neighborhood. Street View image from Feb. 2019. © 2019 Google

Two men remain on the run after engaging in a shootout with North Carolina probation and parole officers Monday night in the middle of a southwest Charlotte neighborhood, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

“They’re being shot at,” a CMPD dispatcher warned as back-up officers rushed to the Reid Park neighborhood, near Clanton Park and Arbor Glen.

The incident happened about 8 p.m. in the 3000 block of Reid Avenue, an area near the intersection of West Boulevard and West Tyvola Road.

The probation and parole officers used police radio communications to notify CMPD of “Shots fired,” and asked for back up, according to police scanner traffic from Monday night.

“Were (shots) fired at you,” asked one woman from CMPD communications who first responded to the officers’ call for help.

The probation officer answered “10-4,” and later said there were two men involved in the exchange of gunfire but that neither police officer was injured or hit.

CMPD officers, as well as crime scene investigators, were sent to Reid Avenue and other units were stationed around the neighborhood during the search.

CMPD’s Homicide Unit is investigating the case as an officer-involved shooting, a news release said. However, it remains unclear if either of the two suspects was struck by gunfire, officials said.

The two N.C. Department of Public Safety “probation and parole” officers were not injured, CMPD said.

“As these officers drove to the intersection of Caronia Street at Reid Avenue, they observed two unknown males walking on Caronia Street, one of whom was carrying a handgun,” CMPD said in a release.

“The officers stopped their vehicle at the intersection when both individuals began running. As the suspects were running, at least one of them fired a gun multiple times at the Community Correction Officers.”

The officers’ vehicle was hit by two bullets, prompting “at least one of the officers” to return fire at the suspects, CMPD said “At this time, no one has been located that has been injured,” the CMPD release said.

A CMPD K-9 Team and the helicopter were used to search for the two suspects, who remain at large, a release said. Radio communications audio from CMPD indicates a perimeter was set up around Reid Avenue, which included officers searching along Irwin Creek and the greenway that runs through Clanton Park.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety Community Correction’s Internal Investigation Unit will conduct its own investigation of the incident to find out if the officer’s followed department policy, CMPD said.

Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering beats including schools, crime, immigration, the LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.
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