CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte man who shot a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer while fleeing from an armed drug deal will serve nearly 30 years in prison.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 22-year-old Malcom Springs was sentenced to 355 months, just more than 29.5 years, on Tuesday.
Documents presented in court showed Springs met with an individual identified as "S.C." in a Charlotte gas station parking lot in March of 2011 to purchase a sellable amount of crack cocaine. Further evidence presented in court showed Springs stole those drugs by brandishing a weapon. A struggle with S.C. ensued, and Springs shot S.C. in the arm and abdomen before fleeing the scene in his vehicle, officials say.
Later, Springs fled from CMPD after an attempted traffic stop, leading officers on a pursuit until he reached a dead end, where officials say he jumped from the vehicle and continued to run on foot.
A uniformed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer spotted Springs in a residential area. That's when Springs shot the officer, who then returned fire and struck Springs. Officers were then able to take him into custody.
At the sentencing hearing, prosecutors described the shootings committed by Springs as “reckless and wanton” acts, and noted that “Springs could have killed two people.” Prosecutors also said that Springs’ shooting of a police officer reflected “complete lack of respect for the law.”
In December 2011, Springs pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Springs' sentence was enhanced because of four prior violent felony convictions, authorities say, which under U.S. sentencing guidelines makes him an 'armed career criminal.'
Springs' federal sentence will be served without the possibilty of parole. In addition to his prison sentence, Springs was ordered to pay resitution in the amount of $21,434 and serve five years under court supervision following the completion of his prison term.