CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police said a domestic violence situation ended in a crash and shooting near an east Charlotte police station Tuesday morning.
CMPD charged Kendrick Piggie, 29, for his involvement in the case.
Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over three separate scenes in the area of North Sharon Amity Road, near the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Hickory Grove team office.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a woman drove to the police station with her children around 10 a.m. to get help following a domestic disturbance when Piggie, who was following her, slammed into her vehicle.
After the crash, police said Piggie allegedly fired several shots at her and sped off. No injuries were reported.
In a 911 call the victim said, "This man just hit my car and he has a gun, and he’s trying to kill me and my kids. Please help me."
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The father of the woman involved was shaken up as he told Channel 9 that he came to the police station to pick up his four grandchildren.
Reporter Elsa Gillis said she saw the woman's gold SUV in the parking lot of the police station, with damage to the side and windows shattered.
From Chopper 9, a Saturn SUV that Piggie was driving could be seen crashed and resting on its side along North Sharon Amity Road with officers surrounding it. That crash scene was not far from the parking lot of the CMPD Hickory Grove team office, which was roped off with crime tape.
A few blocks away, officers could be seen roaming the parking lot of what appeared to be an apartment complex, searching for the suspect.
Officials said Piggie was eventually taken into custody.
Piggie was charged with attempted murder, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon in the presence of a minor, communicating threats, firearm by a felon and five counts of shooting into an occupied conveyance.
He will be transferred to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office after he is released from the hospital.
People who work in the area told Channel 9 they were shocked the incident happened so early in the day right outside the police station.
A store manager who works nearby said he witnessed what happened as he was opening his shop for the day.
"I actually pulled up, about to open the store,” said the manager who didn't want to be identified. “As I pulled up, I hear a gentleman arguing, like yelling from across the street, and I looked behind and he peeled off.”
He said he watched the car pull into the parking lot his store shares with the CMPD office.
"There was a car parked in front which is the gold car that is out there now. It was parked in front of the police station and a car came and rammed it from behind and at that point, I took off running. As I got turned around the corner, was when I heard the gunshots,” said the store manager.
Tenille Banner, with Safe Alliance, said she couldn’t comment specifically on this case, but spoke broadly about the challenges domestic violence victims face.
“This is an epidemic. It continues to happen over and over again in our community,” said Banner.
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