Crime & Courts

Search for gunman underway after officer shot at in northeast Charlotte

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for a man who shot at a police officer early Monday morning, while the officer was responding to a call off W. Mallard Creek Church Road in the University City area.

The bullet missed and the officer was uninjured, said Jessica Wallin, public affairs officer for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police.

Police received a call at 1 a.m. Monday about a suspicious person in the area of Minglewood Drive, between Mallard Creek Church Road and North Tryon Street. When the officer arrived in the 700 block, a suspect fired a gun at him and then fled on foot, the officer reported.

The officer did not return fire, Wallin said. The department’s K-9 unit was called in to help with the search for the suspect, who remains at large, officials said.

The suspect is described by police as a black male, between 15 and 18 years old, thin build, approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall, 150 pounds, with short hair, wearing an grayish/orange hooded sweatshirt and jeans and a white backpack.

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