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N.C. chief backs detective in off duty shooting

By Christopher D. Kirkpatrick and Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
The Charlotte Observer

GASTONIA, N.C. — Gastonia police Chief Tim Adams defended one of his detectives for shooting at two suspects in Charlotte as they carjacked an unmarked police SUV and then crashed it moments later in a ball of flames.

One of the suspects died from a gunshot wound, the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office reported Friday. The other suspect was arrested later Thursday night and charged with multiple crimes.

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