15-Year-Old’s Life Saved Within Seconds By North Tryon Officer

5/7/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Friday, May 7, 2021) – A third-shift North Tryon Division officer's attentive ear and swift response has not only resulted in the arrest of two juveniles but also potentially saved the life of the 15-year-old juvenile victim who was shot multiple times by the suspects.

On May 5, 2021, at approximately 10:30 p.m., there were multiple reports of shots being fired at 4430 The Plaza. A third-shift North Tryon Officer was in the area of Eastway and the Plaza when he heard gunshots and immediately began canvassing the area for anyone injured. Moments later, the officer located a 15-year-old juvenile with gunshot wounds on the ground, heavily bleeding. The officer applied tourniquets to the victim while waiting for medic. While officers were circulating and searching for the shooter(s), our Real-Time Crime Center (RTCC) assisted and observed a silver Ford Fusion leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. While also in the area, our Aviation Unit heard the call, immediately located the vehicle, and began giving out directions to officers. Once officers found the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop, four occupants in the vehicle jumped out of the car and ran from the scene of 6209 Countryside Drive. Officers were able to detain two occupant juveniles without incident, while two remained outstanding (20210505-2224-03).

Following interviews with North Tryon Detectives, both juveniles were issued Secure Custody Orders, transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff Office, Jail North, and were charged with Attempted Murder.

The exceptional teamwork and rapid response from North Tryon officers, our RTCC, Aviation Unit, K9 Unit, and Eastway Division officers provided this victim with another chance at life who merely wanted to sell personal property that resulted in violence. The CMPD remains dedicated to addressing the violent crime that is significantly affecting those in the Charlotte community. The public is reminded any information they have on a case can leave with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  All information given to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous.

 

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