Fugitive shot by CMPD officer in SE Charlotte while trying to evade arrest

A CMPD officer is on administrative leave and a fugitive has been hospitalized following a shooting in southeast Charlotte Wednesday night.  

The officer has been identified as Officer David Harvey. As is standard procedure, he has been placed on Administrative Leave. Officer Harvey has been with CMPD since 2011. 

The fugitive, identified as Nicholas Poulos, 30, was transported to the Carolinas Medical Center-Main by Medic with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his hand. He remains in the hospital Thursday for treatment. 

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said the officers involved were trying to apprehend a fugitive who had multiple outstanding warrants for felony probation violation, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers saw the suspect driving in an out of state stolen vehicle in the area of Interstate-77 and Carowinds Blvd. Officers followed the car and attempted to stop it at the intersection of N. Wendover Road and Monroe Road. 

The suspect then began to ram his car into occupied and unoccupied police and civilian vehicles in an attempt to escape. One officer perceived an imminent deadly threat and fired at least one round, hitting the victim in the hand.

Police said they are not sure if the suspect was armed. No officers were harmed in the incident.

The Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct an investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were followed during the course of the incident. 

The suspect, Poulos, will be served with warrants for assault on a law enforcement officer, assault with a deadly weapon against a civilian, and four counts of damage to property, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of marijuana upon his release from the hospital. 

This is an active, ongoing investigation.