Crime & Courts

Charlotte officer wounds man who allegedly pointed gun during chase

An off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot and wounded a man Friday night after the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at the officer during a foot chase in east Charlotte.

The wounded man suffered minor injuries and has been arrested. Police said they are looking for another suspect in the case.

Investigators said police received a 911 call about 10:45 p.m. Friday over shots being fired in the 5600 block of Farm Pond Lane, near Albemarle Road. An off-duty officer, Sgt. Henry Rozell, was working nearby and said he saw two people shooting weapons.

According to police, Rozell told the men to drop their weapons, but he said they ran to a nearby apartment complex. One of the men pointed a gun at Rozell during the chase, the officer said. A short time later, police said, both men turned and pointed guns at Rozell, and the officer fired, striking one of the them.

The wounded man was identified as Franswa Crawford, 31, of Charlotte. He was treated at Carolinas Medical Center and then charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, discharging a firearm within city limits and resisting, obstructing and delaying a public officer.

Police launched a manhunt for the other suspect, calling out their helicopter and K9 unit. But he got away.

As is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, CMPD will investigate to determine whether Rozell followed department polices. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, which also is standard policy.

Police said Rozell, who is assigned to the Independence Division in southeast Charlotte, has been with CMPD since May 2000.