Woman who fired shots near officers, threatened to 'shoot up' Cook Out identified

- A woman has been arrested after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said she fired a gun near officers at a local southwest Charlotte Cook Out early Friday morning. 

The suspect has been identified as Mikayla Avent, 20. She is charged with discharging a firearm in the city, carrying a concealed gun, resisting public arrest, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, and assault by pointing a gun. 

The incident happened at the Cook Out fast-food restaurant chain located at 13317 York Center Drive in the Steele Creek neighborhood. 

Officers were called to the restaurant Friday morning after witnesses reported seeing a woman "in a rage", possibly armed, and was threatening to "shoot up" the place. The caller said the woman had possibly already fired one round in the parking lot. 

Upon arrival, officers were able to locate the armed woman at the intersection of S. Tryon Street and Westinghouse Blvd. where she fled from police on foot. During the foot chase, the woman reportedly fired her handgun at least two times. 

Police were able to take her into custody near the intersection of S. Tryon Street and Sandy Porter Road. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the officers involved in this incident never fired their weapons and were not hurt. The woman was also not injured during this encounter, police said. 

The weapon she was carrying was located and seized as evidence. 

Avent is currently being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail. 

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