North Carolina police officer recovering after being shot

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A North Carolina police officer is recovering after he was shot while responding to a call.

Authorities say Lieutenant Andy Harris with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police was struck as he arrived to investigate a report of shots fired Saturday night.

Someone opened fire at the police officers and Charlotte Fire Department officials when they responded just before 10 p.m., according to authorities.

The officers returned fire and Harris was hit and injured. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for what is being described as non-life-threatening injuries.

“He’s doing quite well,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, referring to the officer. “He was hit, but it’s non-life-threatening, obviously, superficial wound to his abdomen. His family has been notified and he’s talked to them. He’s alert and having conversations.”

WBTV reported that the suspect was shot and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. His identity has not been released.

The shooter is also accused of shooting another person who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Harris has been with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police since 1992. He will spend the night in the hospital.

The shooting remains under investigation. Officials have not said what charges the shooter will face.

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