CMPD Police Chief reacts after teens reportedly shoot at officers

- A 13 and 14-year-old have been arrested and charged after they reportedly shot at CMPD officers. It happened on Milton Rd. in east Charlotte Wednesday night. 

FOX46 spoke with the police chief who said they don't believe the shooting is gang related. However, the chief said the shooting is troubling for many reasons. 

One concern is how young the two suspects are, and how it could have easily been a deadly shooting.

CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney said he's in disbelief that a 13 and 14-year-old were in handcuffs after allegedly shooting a gun towards police officers. 

"It's troubling to have young people engaging in violent behavior such as that," said Chief Putney. 

As we've reported, CMPD said they received a call about a shooting, with one person assaulting a family member on Wednesday, March 16. Officers found out the suspect was on Milton Road. Police not in uniform arrived on scene because they were in the area, and witnessed the suspect firing a gun. 

After seeing police, the suspect ran off with another teen and started firing shots toward the officers. 

"It's a brazen act that we don't want to tolerate in this jurisdiction, and we're doing all that we can to address that level of violence," said Chief Putney. 

CMPD says officers chased the teens and arrested them.

Community members are trying to understand how and why the teens would even have a gun in the first place. 

"What caused you to get a gun and shoot it in the air. What were you thinking? I want to know what process you went through to get to that point," said Will Adams, non-violence activist. 

The 14-year-old is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting within city limits, and possession of firearm by a minor and resisting arrest. 

The other teen is charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. 

Chief Putney says he wants to make sure a situation like this doesn't happen again, and the two teenagers learn from this incident.

"We need to make sure that they understand that they have the power to make sure they have good decisions, and have good outcomes and consequences from those decisions," said Chief Putney. 

This investigation is ongoing. Chief Putney says teen violence and gang violence is something they're targeting, and hope to pour more resources towards. 

 

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