Police shoot, injure fugitive in North Carolina traffic stop

December 28, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police have shot and injured a fugitive during a traffic stop in North Carolina.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police tell local media they found an out-of-state stolen vehicle near Interstate 77 at around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.

After figuring out the driver had warrants for drug and probation violation crimes, police say they followed the vehicle and tried to arrest the driver. But officers say the man rammed the car into several police cars.

Perceiving an “imminent deadly threat,” police say an officer fired his gun, shooting the man in the hand. The driver was taken to a hospital for minor injuries.

No officers were hurt, and those involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard practice. The investigation is ongoing.

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