CMPD Sgt. Shoots, Wounds Man Who Pointed Gun at Him on September 12, 2014

From The Charlotte Observer by Steve Lyttle, September 13, 2014

An off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot and wounded a man after the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at the officer during a foot chase Friday night, September 12, 2014, in east Charlotte.

The wounded man suffered minor injuries and has been arrested. Police said they are looking for another suspect in the case.

Investigators said police received a 911 call about 10:45 p.m. Friday about shots being fired in the 5600 block of Farm Pond Lane, near Albemarle Road. An off-duty officer, Sgt. Henry Rozell, was working nearby and said he saw two people shooting weapons.

Rozell said he told the men to drop their weapons, but he said they ran to a nearby apartment complex. One of the men pointed his gun at Rozell during the chase, the officer said. A short time later, police said, the two men turned and pointed their guns at Rozell again, and the officer fired, striking one of the men.

That wounded man was identified as Franswa X. Crawford, 31. He was treated at Carolinas Medical Center and then charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer; discharging a firearm within city limits; and resisting, obstructing and delaying.

Police launched a manhunt for the other suspect, calling out their helicopter and K-9 unit. But the man got away.

As is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, CMPD will investigate to determine whether Rozell followed department polices. IN addition, he has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is also standard policy.

Police said Rozell, who is assigned to the Independence Division, has been with CMPD since May 2000.

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