Witnesses react to CMPD officer shooting in South Charlotte

Crime scene investigators spent most of the day at the Bennington Place neighborhood in the Steele Creek area where a CMPD officer was shot Saturday night.

Lt. Andrew Harris was responding to a shots fired call 12000 block of Honey Hill Lane when the suspect fired at the officer, according to police.

Witnesses tell FOX46 they were afraid for their lives when the bullets started flying.

"I saw the whole thing. The entire thing,” Thomas McKinney said.

Shannon Quinn says three bullets came through her home - one to her bedroom, another to her kitchen, and one near her front porch. She showed us the damage and describes what she heard.

"Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. And I was like down on the ground. I was terrified,” Quinn said.

They all ducked for cover inside their homes.  McKinney was brave enough to peek out his  bedroom window to see the action.

He says he saw Lt. Harris get shot by the suspect,  now identified as 25-year-old Joshuale Matthews-Vincent Carter who is now in critical condition at CMC.

Carter also shot at an acquaintance who was taken to CMC with non-life threatening injures, according to police.

Officers fired back at the suspect and he was taken to the hospital along with the officer.

“I didn't realize they were actually gunshots at the time. I thought it might have been someone knocking on the door violently,” he said.

Everyone's relieved to find out Lt. Harris  is recovering, alert and has been released from the hospital. The police chief said in a press conference that his bullet proof vest blocked the bullet from seriously injuring his abdomen.

Crime scene investigators continued to find more evidence and bullet holes as the day went on.

Neighbors just want their safe community to return back to normal.

CMPD says Lieutenant Harris, Sergeant Jonathan Steppe and Officer Jon Carroll have all been placed on paid administrative as part of standard procedure.
 

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