Arrest made after off-duty officer shoots at man breaking into his home

Arrest made after off-duty officer shoots at man breaking into his home

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 6:42 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 12:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot at a man trying to break into his north Charlotte home early Tuesday morning. Late Tuesday night, police said that they had arrested the would-be burglar, 21-year-old Thomas Howard Powell.

CMPD said an off-duty officer saw Powell kick in his back door of his home on Belmar Place Road around 1 a.m. The officer fired his personal weapon at the suspect.

Powell fled the scene in an unknown direction, according to police. He turned himself in to officers Tuesday night and has been charged with attempted first degree burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was not injured in the shooting.

Investigators also said that the home was not targeted because the owner is a police officer.

Detectives with the Homicide Unit are canvassed the neighborhood Tuesday morning to determine whether there are any witnesses to this incident. Internal Affairs will review the officer’s actions.

"I'm very surprised that it's happened here," said neighbor Carrol Graham. "I mean, I don't think that the time that we're living in, we can be surprised really about anything. But, we woke up in the middle of the night and saw that they had the taped blocked off actually right here by my home and the police were everywhere."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. 

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