CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was shot in NoDa early Tuesday morning, Chief Johnny Jennings said.
CMPD officers responded to a call for a disturbance at The Blind Pig, a popular bar at the corner of North Davidson Street and East 36th Street, around 2:30 a.m. Police said a patron of the bar, 32-year-old Toddrick McFadden, was asked to leave after an altercation.
One of the responding officers was shot in the leg and rushed to a hospital, police said.
Police said McFadden was later arrested and charged with discharging a weapon into occupied property, two counts of attempted murder, and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.
Multiple streets were closed while CMPD searched for the suspect. Jennings said shots were fired inside the building and outside, and it's unclear if the suspect who shot the officer was related to the original disturbance call.
“When I brought my fiancé to get her car I couldn’t get it 'cause crime tape is everywhere," NoDa resident Gary Squires said.
CMPD tweeted that there is no indication the officers returned fire during the incident.
“We’re supposed to be having fun and if you can’t have fun without firearms, why?" Squires said.
CMPD temporarily closed North Davidson Street from 34th Street to Mercury Street in response to the shooting and closed 36th Street from North Tryon Street to North Alexander.
On Wednesday, June 29, a video message from Chief Jennings was shared on the CMPD YouTube channel via an unlisted link. There, Jennings lambasted what he called a low $170,000 bail granted to McFadden, saying it would take a $17,000 payment for McFadden to be released on bond.
"Something is definitely wrong with the system, and I'm committed to putting in the work to do everything I can on my part to fix this," he said. "You know, $17,000 to be released, to get out of jail for attempting to murder someone -- after shooting someone, after shooting into occupied property -- not just a law enforcement officer, for any one of our citizens...to me, it's absolutely unacceptable."
Jennings promised he would keep talking with the magistrate's office to ensure "this thing does not happen again." He also said he understood citizens' worries and said he was working to address those concerns.
Any person with information about this incident is asked to call CMPD's Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600.
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