Suspect injured by officer during Charlotte pawn shop robbery

- A suspect was injured and another remains on the run after exchanging gunfire with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police during an attempted armed robbery at a local pawn shop in Charlotte Wednesday night. 

CMPD said the incident occurred at approximately 6:48 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, at Cash America Pawn located at 3250 Wilkinson Boulevard.  

The 911 caller stated that two people had entered the business and were robbing the store at gunpoint. When responding officers entered the business, they encountered one of the suspects who fired a handgun at officers.

CMPD said one of the officers subsequently fired his service weapon at the suspect. This suspect was then immediately taken into custody. He was transported to Carolina’s Medical Center with a non-life threatening injury. Police said his wound is very minor and detectives are working to determine if it was caused by being grazed when the officer fired his weapon or in a different manner.  

No officers, employees or civilian bystanders were hurt.

Additional officers responded to the scene Wednesday night and immediately set up a perimeter to determine if any additional suspects were still inside the business. SWAT officers have since cleared the building without locating anyone else inside.

The suspect that was injured in the shooting has been identified as Bobby Hargrove, 18. He is charged with three counts of kidnapping, robbery, conspiracy and assault.

Police are currently trying to identify the second suspect who was able to flee the scene just prior to their arrival. 

The CMPD officer involved in the shooting has been identified as Officer Kendrick Williams. As is standard procedure with any officer-involved shooting, CMPD said 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.

Per department protocol, Officer Williams has been placed on Administrative Leave, which is standard procedure.

Detectives with both the CMPD Homicide and Robbery Divisions are conducting the investigation.  

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Fitch is the lead detective assigned to the case. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/

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