CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - 30-year-old Nicholas Poulos was shot by a CMPD officer Wednesday night after police say he rammed a stolen car into a several police cruisers.
“They wanted to box the subject in because of his fleeing unfortunately the suspect began to ram the vehicles in trying to continue to escape,” said CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.
Police spotted the stolen car Wednesday night in the area of I-77 and Carowinds Blvd. They were able to pull the car over at the intersection of Wendover Rd. And Monroe Rd. That’s when police say the driver began ramming the cars.
“At some point one of the officers perceived a lethal threat and fired at least one round striking the suspect in the hand and then he surrendered without further incident,” Chief Putney said.
Poulos who already had warrants out for arrest for prior drug charges is now facing additionally charges including assault on an officer and assault with a deadly weapon against a civilian.
No one else was injured. The officer who fired the shot, David Harvey, is now on paid administrative leave. He’s been with the department for 11 years.
“The suspect received non-life threatening injuries. last check he was still in the hospital with a wound to this hand. All officers are all ok,” said CMPD spokesperson Rob Trufano.