CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was shot in the leg after a suspect running from police fired shots. The police officer returned fire and shot the suspect in the stomach.

The incident started at a Marathon gas station on West Trade Street in the Wesley Heights neighborhood at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Shots were fired outside the gas station and one person was transported to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries. The second person involved got in his car and drove away. That second person has been identified by police as Malcolm Springs. His photo above is from a prior arrest in Iredell County.

Police were given a description of the vehicle and a short time later an officer spotted the vehicle at the intersection of Marlowe Avenue and Highland Street. The driver of the vehicle stopped and then jumped out and ran. Police K-9 and a helicopter assisted in the search.

Officer B. Harrison found the suspect between homes near the intersection of Garibaldi and Camp Greene Streets. Springs fired a shot hitting the officer in the leg, police said. Harrison was able to return fire and hit Springs in the stomach.

Springs was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Harrison was also transported to the hospital where he was treated and released.

Normally the folks here have been trying really hard to make this a safe community, said neighbor Rodney Goodwin. This really saddens me.

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