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.
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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.