CMPD officers involved in 2 shootings in 1 day

Two police officer-involved shootings in Charlotte in one day.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers were involved in two shootings on Wednesday, and in both cases, they're suspects survived.

"I don't know about these cases, but at the end of the day, these individuals are alive and that this important," said Corine Mack, president of the Charlotte NAACP branch. "I would hope that they would come to a point of  de-escalation where they don't have to shoot their guns at all."

The local and state NAACP called for new guidelines for police when it comes to use of lethal force after the Keith Scott shooting. 

NBC Charlotte reached out to CMPD to see if there have been any policy changes, however, we did not get a response.  

The latest shooting happened near a pawn shop on Wilkinson, a few feet away from Walmart as dozens of customers shopped.

"People started running out of the pawn shop and then we heard several rounds of gunfire," said Christine Massinga, a witness. 

Police say two armed men robbed the pawn shop at gunpoint and fired at police. Investigators say Officer Kendrick Williams fired back, hitting Bobby Hargrove. He was treated at CMC and taken to jail hours later.  Police are still searching for a second suspect.

Earlier that morning, officer Francine Delano shot Alonzo Castro in the leg at this Days Inn parking lot in south Charlotte. Investigators say he and Isidro Albarran tried to rob a man and fired several times at him.

Jesse McKee was there.

"100-percent justified, the officer," said Jesse McKee.

Investigators are still trying to determine if that is the case. 

"If someone is shooting at you, it is your responsibility is to save yourself and those around you, of course. But, in most instances that we talk about, that's not what happens," said Mack.

The two officers involved in the shootings are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations.

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