A man was taken to the hospital after being shot and injured by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, the department said Thursday morning.
Department spokesperson Michael Allinger confirmed an officer shot and struck a man during a drug incident, CMPD officers.
The shooting occurred on Beatties Ford Road near Lasalle Street, where a firearm was recovered from the scene.
The department said no officers were injured during the incident.
The department said officers observed “potential drug activity” between two people just before 11 a.m. in the parking lot of 2120 Beatties Ford Road, which is the address of a Fast Mart convenience store.
CMPD said officers “clearly observed” a man who possessed a firearm. Officers approached the two individuals, and the man with the firearm allegedly fled on foot.
The man allegedly pulled the firearm from his waistband while running away from officers and one of the officers fired his service weapon and struck the man.
The man’s medical condition is unclear. MEDIC said the man was treated for life-threatening injuries and transported to Atrium CMC on X, formerly known as Twitter. CMPD said he was transported with non-life-threatening injuries to a nearby hospital.
The officer who fired his gun will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation into the incident.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations is leading the investigation into the officer’s use of his firearm. The department said it is standard for the State Bureau of Investigations to be the lead on any investigation into officers involved in a shooting.
CMPD will also investigate the incident.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.