DA deems authorities actions in shooting, police chase justifiable

- UPDATE: (8/26/16 12:45 p.m.) The actions taken by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and the NC Highway Patrol involved in a shooting/police chase that ended in Catawba Co. have been deemed justifiable by the 25th Prosecutorial District Attorney.

The DA looked at body camera footage form the officers involved. “Based on what I saw, the officers involved were justified in the actions they took,” DA Learner said.

Ulloa-Paz and another defendant in custody are suspected of their involvement in a number of violent crimes that have happened in Charlotte. 
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UPDATE: (8/10/16 9:56 p.m.) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released the identities of the officers and suspects involved in Wednesday's shooting and police chase that ended in Catawba County.

CMPD said the officers involved have been identified as Sergeant Jason Dority, Officer Ronald Elfrard and Officer Robert  Preston. As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, Sgt. Dority, Officer Elfrard and Officer Preston have been place on paid administrative leave. 

The suspects have been identified as Rodolfo Joel Ulloa-Paz, 28, Alan Israel Chavez-Cruz, 22, and Erick Lopez, 19. 

Based on information and evidence gathered during the investigation, police said Ulloa-Paz made movements with a weapon that threatened the safety of officers. Police said they fired at Ulloa-Paz who was struck several times. He is currently at Carolinas Medical Center in critical condition. 

Upon his release, he will be charged two counts of Attempted Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Conveyance in Operation, two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Felony Flee to Elude.

Chavez-Cruz and Lopez were transported to police headquarters where they were interviewed by detectives. Police said Chavez-Cruz was subsequently charged with two counts of Attempted Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Conveyance in Operation, two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Felony Flee to Elude. 

CMPD said the third suspect, Lopez, was in the original suspect vehicle before the pursuit. Lopez was not involved in the pursuit. He has been charged with Possession of Weapon of Mass Destruction. 

This case remains active and ongoing.
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Suspects involved in a double shooting in southeast Charlotte led police on a chase that ended in Catawba County where one of the suspects was shot by officers, according to authorities.

Officers were called out to East W.T. Harris Blvd. and East Independence Blvd. in regards to a robbery where two victims were shot around 9 a.m.

Officers said when they arrived they tried to arrest the suspects who fled the scene. Officers chased the suspects down Highway 16 into Catawba County where the suspect's vehicle hit a utility pole, according to police.

Police said when officers tried to arrest the suspects one of them showed a gun a threatened the officers.

Officers fired at the suspect who was hit several times. The suspect was taken to Catawba Regional Hospital with life threatening injuries.

The second suspect was arrested and no officers were injured, according to police.

One of the shooting victims told FOX 46 Charlotte he was in a pick-up on his way to work when he was shot, resulting in a minor injury to his finger.


East W.T. Harris Blvd. was shut down Wednesday from East Independence Blvd. to Brooke Canyon Drive. Hwy. 16 at Buffalo Shoals Road was also temporarily closed Wednesday, according to the Catawba Co. Sheriff.

The public is advised to call 911 upon seeing any suspicious individuals in the area. 

The three officers involved in the shooting in Catawba County have been placed on administrative leave as policy. 

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

 




 

 

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