by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police have arrested a man they said shot at a good Samaritan who tried to intervene during a domestic dispute.
Police said the suspect, Deandre White, was driving on W. Sugar Creek Road around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning with a female passenger.
Authorities said another couple driving in the opposite direction noticed White repeatedly striking the woman and stopped to help.
"So they started calling 911, but the car kept stopping in the middle of the street," said Lt. Ken Schul with
Schul said the couple took matters into their own hands and stopped their own car to help, but began backing away when White stepped out of the car and pointed a gun at them.
Police said White then fired, striking the woman in the leg, then jumped back in his car and sped off.
Authorities said the injuries were not life threatening, and the woman was taken to CMC for treatment.
Officers put out an APB for White's car and police said a short time later, patrol officers spotted the vehicle on W.T Harris Blvd. near the intersection of Hickory Grove.
Witness Eugene Guzic said he was sitting at the stoplight when White's car began careening out of control.
"He started swerving, then hit a truck ... then he jumped out of the car, took his jacket off and started running in that direction," Guzic said.
Officers managed to apprehend White and handcuff him. They said the female passenger was unharmed, nor was the other driver hurt in the accident.
Police commended the bravery of the couple who tried to intervene but said they do encourage witnesses to stay out of violent situations and simply call 911.
White has been charged with assault on a female, resisting a public officer, possession of stolen firearm, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, eluding arrest, hit-and-run, no operator’s license and speeding.