Off-duty CMPD officer pepper-sprayed while trying to sell phone

Off-duty CMPD officer pepper-sprayed while trying to sell phone

Off-duty CMPD officer pepper-sprayed while trying to sell phone

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by APRIL BETHEA / Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM

YORK, S.C. -- York authorities are investigating after an off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer said he was pepper-sprayed while trying to sell a phone to someone he talked to on Craigslist.

The incident happened around 1:15 a.m. Thursday at a Circle K on Carowinds Boulevard.

Deputies are looking for two male suspects in the case.

The officer told the Sheriff’s Office that he met a man near the pumps at the gas station to cell his iPhone. But he says the man seemed “very nervous” and hesitant to shake his hand.

The officer told deputies he let the man hold the phone when the suspect pepper-sprayed him before taking off with the iPhone.

The officer ran after the suspect, who then tried to get into a nearby Ford Crown Vic, according to a report from the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say the officer then pulled out his back up weapon and yelled “Police! Police!” at the suspect.

The officer told deputies that the suspect broke away as he tried to bring the man down, and threw the cell phone.

The suspect then got into the Ford, hitting the officer as he closed the car door. The officer suffered a three-inch cut on his leg, deputies said.

Another man was waiting in the Ford Crown Vic, authorities said.

The officer gave the Sheriff’s Office a description of the suspect and the telephone number he used to contact the man.

Police said no surveillance footage was available on the incident, and a store clerk said he did not see anything. But another man who was pumping gas and waiting for the officer said he saw what happened.

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