Crime & Courts

Suspect flees from police, then fires at officers

A man fleeing from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police crashed his car into a telephone pole then fired a single shot as officers approached.

The suspect’s bullets didn’t hit the officers, and the officers didn’t return fire, according to a news release from CMPD.

The incident started around 7:30 p.m. Thurdsay on Oaklawn Avenue in west Charlotte. Officers initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle sped away.

The officers, who have not been identified, turned off their lights and siren but continued to follow the vehicle while broadcasting a description to other officers. Shortly afterward, the vehicle struck a light pole about six blocks away from the site of the initial traffic stop.

As officers approached, the suspect fired and continued to run. The suspect, who has not been identified, was arrested after a short foot chase.

Police stressed that they were never engaged in a car chase.

The suspect was being interviewed at police headquarters late Thursday.

Police encouraged anyone with information about the incident to call 704-432-TIPS (8477) to talk with a homicide detective.

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