Mount Holly police shoot man during traffic stop

Mount Holly police shoot man during traffic stop

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 4:56 PM

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. – A traffic stop ended with police shooting a suspect in Mount Holly late Tuesday night.

According to the Mount Holly Police Chief David James,  27-year-old Jmar Davis was clocked going 80 mph in a 35 mph zone near South Main Street around 11:30 p.m. 

(Click to see images from the scene)

Police were able to stop Davis and after an altercation, two police officers fired several shots at the suspect, hitting him multiple times.

Davis was transported to Gastonia Memorial Hospital where he remains in serious and but stable condition.  The two police officer were not hurt. 

Davis charged with two counts of assault on an officer with a firearm. 

Davis is from Charlotte and has a record in Mecklenburg County, including possession of stolen firearm, DWI and carrying concealed weapon.

He'll be arrested when released from the hospital and will likely face more charges, according to police.

Chief James says Davis had a handgun, but it's unclear whether or not Davis fired any shots.

The State Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the case.  The Mount Holly Police Department will also do their own internal investigation. 

The two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, standard procedure in cases like this.

"They're shaken up about it. Being interviewed...that's a life or death situation," said Mt. Holly Police Chief David James of the officers involved. "Just like anything in police work, you have seconds to respond and then we all have years to arm chair quarter back."

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