CMPD search for gunman after shootout with officers

by: Mark Becker Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

20 hours after police said a man fired shots at officers in west Charlotte, officers are still looking for the suspect.
         
Police say officers responding to a call about a man with a gun approached the suspect on West Trade Street near Johnson C Smith University just after 10:30 Tuesday night.  They say that when officers tried to get the man to stop, he turned and ran -- and opened fire.
         
“I heard like eight shots; Eight rapid shots.  After that I saw the suspect run down the street with a gun in the street,” said Justin Davis, who was on a porch nearby.
         
Police said no officers were hit, and officer Christopher Miranda fired back at the suspect but they do not believe any of those shots hit him.
        
 A special tactical unit spent much of Wednesday searching for the suspect but have not found him yet.
         
In the meantime, JCSU is not taking chances.
         
“We sent out a notification to the university community letting them know that an incident had occurred near the campus,” said Maj. David Horace, acting police chief on campus.
         
Several hundred students are on campus for summer camps and classes, and Horace said they have a reminder for all of them.
         
“Be aware.  Be aware of your surroundings and stay safe,” Horace said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective.

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