Lunch Break (8/10/16): Charlotte shooting suspect shot by officers following chase to Catawba County



A suspect was shot by police multiple times today in Catawba County following his alleged involvement in a shooting in southeast Charlotte and a long chase with responding officers. CMPD says that officers responded to a call for service at Brook Canyon Drive and W.T. Harris Boulevard, where two victims were reportedly shot. The officers engaged in a pursuit with two suspects in the shooting, and the pursuit came to an end when the suspects struck a utility pole on Highway 16 in Catawba County. According to a statement from police, "Officers attempted to arrest the suspects. One suspect displayed a gun and refused to comply with the officers' commands and made movements with the weapon that threatened the safety of the officers." The suspect was shot multiple times by officers. He was transported to Catawba Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The second suspect was taken into custody without incident. 


Beginning today, Uber riders in Charlotte will be able to pre-schedule rides, compared to the "come pick me up right this very second" style the app usually offers. "Even though we pride ourselves on providing on-demand rides, we totally get it. When you've got somewhere to be at a very specific time, it’s nice to have extra assurance that a ride will be available when you need it," said Billy Warden in a statement announcing the arrival of scheduled rides in Charlotte. The global rollout of this feature was announced in June. Riders will be able to schedule rides for as little as 15 minutes in the future to as many as 30 days. 


Tenisha Wells
  • Tenisha Wells
Patrick Chambers
  • Patrick Chambers
CMPD is taking advantage of a lull in homicides so far this month to go back and wrap-up investigations on some of July's unsolved murders. Yesterday, police announced the arrest of two suspects in the death of a two-year-old child in east Charlotte on July 25. The child had been found unresponsive at a home on Farm Pond Lane and investigators later found that the toddler had been assaulted. Following the  child's death, police said there were "several adults who were in the position to provide care to the child in the days leading up to his death." Yesterday, detectives arrested the child's mother, 25-year-old Tenisha Wells, and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Patrick Chambers. Both suspects have been charged with murder.
Ricco McHam, Jr.
  • Ricco McHam, Jr.

Police also arrested a man this morning for the Independence Day slaying of 19-year-old Markas Vereen. Vereen was one of two people suffering from gunshot  wounds inside a car that struck the emergency room entrance at Novant Presbyterian Hospital on July 4. This morning, police wrapped up an interview with their suspect in the case, Ricco McHam, Jr., 18, and charged him with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

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