Crime

Charlotte gang member sentenced to 9 years in prison

Stephon Caldwell
Stephon Caldwell Mecklenburg County jail

A member of the United Blood Nation gang who shot at several Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers last year was sentenced Thursday to nine years in federal prison on a firearms offense.

Stephon Deangleo Caldwell, 28, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty in April to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Caldwell shot at police with his Sig Sauer Model P232 pistol when they went to his home to serve multiple state warrants on Dec. 1, 2014, prosecutors said. The home is in the 7300 block of Rosecroft Drive, off East W.T. Harris Boulevard.

Officers Christopher Leggett and Robert Henderson returned fire and struck Caldwell, who then tried to run, police said. He was taken into custody nearby, and a gun was recovered at the scene.

Caldwell was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment; Henderson and Leggett were not hurt.

Caldwell has been in federal custody since December 2014.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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