A plumber who pointed a gun at a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer faces deportation after being sentenced to three years in federal prison on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Adolbo Albarran-Flores, 43, who lives in Charlotte, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad Jr. for unlawful possession of a firearm by an alien. A native and citizen of Mexico, Albarran-Flores was convicted of the charge after a trial in June.
Albarran-Flores and a crew from his A+ Rooter business were doing after-hours plumbing work at Azteca Restaurant on Woodlawn Road in October 2016 when he fired a shot to scare off someone he thought was trying to break into one of his company’s vans, according to court records.
When a CMPD officer in a marked car responded to the shots, Albarran-Flores raised his arm toward the officer and pointed a gun, court documents show. The officer then fired a shot in Albarran-Flores’ direction.
Court records show Albarran-Flores pretended to be shot before throwing the weapon in a bush beside the restaurant.
Police retrieved the gun, a Smith & Wesson, Model M&P 9, 9mm, and eight shell casings consistent with the handgun, prosecutors said.
Albarran-Flores is in federal custody and will be transferred to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He faces deportation proceedings once he completes his sentence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.