Crime & Courts

Police: Man accused of shooting at officers identified

Police have identified the man they say shot at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers Monday night while they tried serving him with burglary warrants.

Stephen Deangelo Caldwell, 27, is hospitalized with non-life threatening gunshot wounds at Carolinas Medical Center. Authorities plan to charge him with three counts of assault on a government official with a firearm, shooting into an occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Officers responded to the 7300 block of Rosecroft Drive near Rose Terrace Court just before 9:30 p.m. to serve Caldwell with warrants accusing him of burglary and possession of a firearm.

The Observer’s news partner, WBTV, reported that the suspect came out of a building and into the parking lot, saw the officers and fired several shots. Those officers returned fire, striking the shooter. Investigators say the suspect ran off, but collapsed nearby with three gunshots wounds: the leg, groin and shoulder. He is expected to recover.

Police say the officers were unharmed, but are being evaluated.

Police identified the officers involved in the shooting as Officer Christopher Leggett, who has been with the department for three years, and Officer Robert Henderson, a CMPD officer since 2007.

Both have been placed on administrative leave pending the shooting investigation’s outcome.