2nd arrest made in police shootout

SWAT teams went building to building searching a busy shopping area for an armed robbery suspect.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An armed robbery led to a shootout with police in west Charlotte last Wednesday evening.

Police responded to the Cash America Pawn in the Walmart shopping center around 7 for an armed robbery. The caller told 911 that two suspects entered the establishment and robbed the business at gunpoint. 

When responding officers entered the business, they encountered one of the suspects who fired a handgun at officers. Officer Kendrick Williams subsequently fired his service weapon and injured the suspect, who has been identified as 18-year-old Bobby Lannell Hargrove.

The second suspect fled the scene. Tuesday, CMPD announced the ATF had located a suspect vehicle on Lakewood Avenue and identified Jamal Westbrooks as the second suspect involved in the incident. 

Westbrooks was taken into custody without incident and subsequently charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Christine Massinga works next door to the pawn shop and watched as the event unfolded. 

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

According to CMPD, Williams has been placed on paid administrative leave. He has been employed with the CMPD since January 2010 and is assigned to the Freedom Division.

Hargrove was immediately taken into custody and transported to CMC-Main with a non-life threatening injury. On Thursday, Hargrove was medically cleared and transported to police headquarters where he was interviewed by detectives.

Hargrove has been charged with three counts of kidnapping, robbery with dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with dangerous weapon and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

It's not yet clear if that Hargrove was struck by Officer William's bullet or if his "very minor" injury was sustained another way. 

Detectives are continuing to investigate this case and identify the second suspect.

The Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered during the incident. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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