by: Mark Becker Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Charlotte Mecklenburg police have arrested the man who they say shot at officers Thursday night.
The Violent Criminal Apprehension Team picked up Jimmie Harris, Jr., 25, in connection with the shooting on Jordan’s Pond Lane in northwest Charlotte at 8 p.m. Thursday.
A police search warrant says that an undercover officer and a confidential informant had gone to make a deal with a drug dealer known as “Black.” Police later identified that dealer as Harris.
According to the warrant the undercover officer was going to buy half of an ounce of cocaine from Harris for $590, but when they were alone Harris pulled a gun from his waistband and robbed the officer.
After Harris jumped and ran from the car, the warrant says the officer called to let other officers know he had been robbed.
Video captured by a nearby surveillance camera shows two undercover police cars blocking the road as Harris pulls up and another undercover car pulls behind him, boxing him in. WATCH THE VIDEO.
Police say that’s when Harris got out of his car and started shooting.
The video shows an officer returning fire, while other officers approached with their guns drawn.
Police said no one was hit in the exchange of gunfire, and they have identified the officer involved in the shooting as Sgt. Keith Caviness, a veteran of 19 years.
Neighbors in the community off Valleydale Road said they were concerned by the shooting that happened close to their homes.
“My kids came running in the house telling us what was going on,” said Cecil Caldwell, who lives within 30 yards of where the shots were fired.
“I have two children of my own,” said the woman who shared the surveillance video with Eyewitness News,who says it was too close for comfort. “Just because, I mean, you could see clearly there were kids on the corner.”
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