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Suspect in Hit-and-Run of Charlotte Officer Arrested


A man was arrested in DeKalb County, Ga., after police said he hit a Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer with his car and fled the scene Thursday night.

DeKalb County deputies said they arrested Ivory Chappell, 28, just east of Atlanta in connection with the case.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office said Chappell was charged with being a fugitive from another state, reckless driving, driving with license revoked, speeding, probation violation and possession of cocaine.

CMPD said Chappell will be held in Dekalb County until he clears extradition.

Police were called to the Extended Stay America after 8 p.m. on Thursday on Nations Ford and Tyvola roads where Officer Chris Kunz was struck.

Kunz was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center and was treated for his injuries. He was released from the hospital on Friday morning and police said he may have suffered a broken rib and has bruising to his chest area.

Investigators said Kunz and his partner, Officer Charles Adkins, were called to the hotel to investigate a car break-in.

After officers arrived at the scene, they saw a couple fighting over a small child.

When Kunz got out of the patrol car, police said the man dropped the baby to the ground, got in his car and hit the officer. Officer Kunz went flying up and over the roof of the car, police said.

Kunz's partner, Officer Charles Adkins, fired several shots, but police don't know if the driver or the car were hit.

The girl was taken to CMC to be checked out. The mother went to the hospital with the child. CMC officials have not released the condition of the girl.

"We have detectives with them in the hospital and also here on scene," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief, Rodney Monroe.

Kunz has been with the department since September 2008.

Eyewitness News checked through our archives and found out Officer Kunz was hit by a car earlier this year.

He was off duty when he stopped on the side of Interstate 277 to help out another police officer who was hit by a car. Another car hit Kunz, and he was sent to the hospital with eight other people.

Police said Adkins has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation after the shots were fired at the suspect's vehicle.

"We are still going through the process of determining when he fired the shots and for what reason. On the surface it looks to be justified, but only when we gather all of the facts and complete interviews will we be able to say for certain if the shots were justified," Monroe said.


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