Crime & Courts

Man who shot at CMPD officers sentenced to 72 years

Ramar Dion Benjamin Crump
Ramar Dion Benjamin Crump Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office

An Albemarle man was sentenced to 72 years in prison Tuesday for shooting at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers and days earlier robbing poker players at a south Charlotte business.

Ramar Dion Benjamin Crump, 26, was sentenced after a Mecklenburg County jury found him guilty of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Sept. 29, 2013, Crump fired six shots at police who responded to a 911 call about men loading guns into a car in a parking lot on North Tryon Street, according to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office. One shot hit a dump truck behind the spot where one of the officers had been standing – only 12 inches from the officer’s head, prosecutors said.

Crump led police on a more than 20-mile pursuit before his car was stopped in Cabarrus County and he and two other occupants surrendered.

Crump’s sentence also was for crimes he pleaded guilty to involving the armed robbery of several poker players on Sept. 24, 2013.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak