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CMPD officer shoots suspect in east Charlotte

Charlotte

A 30-year-old man shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer during a chase is expected to be released from the hospital and taken to jail, the department said Sunday.

It marked at least the third officer-involved shooting in the Charlotte area in less than three weeks.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Robert Morrow III was shot around 2 a.m. Sunday after police were called to a convenience store in east Charlotte on Albemarle Road near Harris Boulevard.

When officers approached Morrow, he fled on foot, police said.

Officer Jeremiah Dossett pursued Morrow and shot him after officers determined Morrow had a handgun and posed an “imminent deadly threat,” police said.

Morrow, who was treated at Carolinas Medical Center, faces five charges, including assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, possession of firearm by convicted felon and trafficking in cocaine. Authorities will also serve Morrow four outstanding orders for his arrest that stem from previous cases in Mecklenburg, Gaston and Union counties, CMPD said.

Dossett has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after officer-involved shootings. He has worked for the department since August 2012.

CMPD officials did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment.

In North Carolina, police shootings are considered justified if officers acted on a reasonable belief that they or others were in imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm.

Mecklenburg has had only one officer arrested for an on-duty shooting in the past four decades.

Morrow’s shooting comes less than three weeks after CMPD officers shot a Pineville man Aug. 10.

Catawba County District Attorney David Learner last week announced that three CMPD officers would not face charges in the nonfatal shooting of Rodolfo Joel Ulloa-Paz, 28, because he pointed a gun at them after a 45-mile auto chase that ended on N.C. 16, south of Newton.

On Aug. 18, North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Jermaine Saunders fatally shot Daniel Harris in the University City area after a chase that started when the motorist did not pull over as Saunders tried to stop him for speeding on Interstate 485.

That case gained national attention because Harris is deaf. His family has said the shooting may have stemmed from a misunderstanding between Harris and Saunders.

Clasen-Kelly: 704 358-5027

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