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2 juveniles arrested after shots fired at police

Police arrested 2 juveniles after shots were fired at plainclothes police officers Wednesday in east Charlotte, near the scene of a deadly police shooting nine years ago.
Police arrested 2 juveniles after shots were fired at plainclothes police officers Wednesday in east Charlotte, near the scene of a deadly police shooting nine years ago. WBTV

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested two juveniles after shots were fired Wednesday at plainclothes police officers in east Charlotte, near the scene of a deadly police shooting nine years ago.

Police announced the arrests of a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old Thursday.

The 14-year-old was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting within the city limits, possession of a firearm by a minor and resisting arrest. He was released to the custody of a parent.

The 13-year-old was charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, police said.

The incident began around 8 p.m., when officers in the North Tryon division received a call that someone was shooting a gun and had assaulted a family member. As the officers were responding, they received more information saying the suspect was on Milton Road near Barrington Drive.

Plainclothes officers in the area saw a person shoot a gun into the air and later run across the street with another person. The officers followed, and as they were getting out of their vehicles, the person fired at officers and fled into the woods, police said.

The officers chased the suspects on foot and took both into custody. They found a gun nearby.

The officers were not injured.

In March 2007, Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton were shot and killed near the same intersection in what was then the Timber Ridge Apartments. They were responding to a domestic call unrelated to the man who shot them.

Demeatrius Montgomery was arrested shortly afterward. In 2010, he was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in the killings.

Anyone with information about Wednesday’s incident is asked to call police at 704-432-TIPS (8477) and speak to a homicide detective. Or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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