Officer shoots, injures armed gunman in south Charlotte robbery

- A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot an armed man while responding to a shots fired call. 

According to CMPD, Officer Francine Delano was traveling on East Woodlawn Road around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday when she heard multiple gunshots in the parking lot of a Days Inn. She pulled over in the parking lot, and when she exited her patrol car, she immediately saw a man with a gun, police said. 

During the robbery, the victim told police that a man, identified as 35-year-old Alonzo Castro, pulled a gun and attempted to rob the victim.  As the victim was leaving the area, polcie said a second suspect, 38-year-old Isidro Albarran fired several shots.  

Officer Delano said Castro's actions gave her the "impression that her life was in jeopardy," so she fired her gun and hit him in the leg, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.

Castro was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office, Internal Affairs Bureau, K9 Unit, Real Time Crime and Special Investigations responded to the scene.
 
Investigators said they found Castro's gun at the scene.

Witnesses told FOX 46 Charlotte they heard seven gunshots and ducked for cover.

Delano, who has been employed with CMPD since January 2006, is currently on administrative leave, which is standard operating procedure following a shooting. The Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.

Castro has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Detectives have also charged Albarran with discharging a firearm within city limits. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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