Police: 3 arrested after firing shots at officers

by: Trish Williford Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Three suspects are in custody as detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating an officer-involved shooting at the 1800 block of North Tryon Street.

Officers from the Metro Division responded about 4 a.m. after someone called police, saying there was a person inside a parked vehicle loading guns.

According to CMPD, once Officer Anthony Holzhauer and Officer David Sussman arrived, the people inside the vehicle fired shots at them.

The two officers returned fire, but the suspects fled the scene in their vehicle. Police said another CMPD unit saw the vehicle driving on North Tryon Street. That unit tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle kept driving.

CMPD said a vehicle chase led them into Cabarrus County, where the vehicle was successfully stopped with help from the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Greg Martin owns a transportation and security business on the property.  He says the complex is equipped with surveillance cameras and is well lit.

"That element is constantly around here.  You have people walking two three four in the morning in this area, like they're zombies," said Martin.

Martin says he found bullet holes in two of his work trucks.

Eyewitness News was there at CMPD Headquarters after the towed the suspects' gray Ford Mustang from the scene.  Detectives searched the car for clues.

The three people in the vehicle were taken to police headquarters, where they are being interviewed by detectives. Police identified them as Ramar Crump, 23, Warren Lewis, 26, and Jamel Lewis, 24. They are each charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill, two counts of assault with a firearm on a government official and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

The initial investigation shows that nobody was injured in the shooting or the vehicle chase.

The CMPD Crime Scene Search unit is processing the scene and collecting physical evidence.

The Internal Affairs Bureau is conducting a separate investigation to determine whether CMPD procedures were followed during the incident.

Officers Holzhauer and Sussman have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.