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Officer, woman hurt after officer's gun goes off

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BELMONT, NC (WBTV) -

Belmont Police are investigating after an officer was shot at a home on Lake Point Drive on New Year's Eve.

Officers were called to the home shortly after 6 p.m. Monday.

The caller told police a car tailgated them into the community and the person believed they saw a muzzle flash.

The two cars separated and officers located the suspect car by its license plate in the 3000 block of Lake Point Drive.

Officers found two men inside the suspect car and told them to get on the ground.

Investigators say a woman then came out of the house and started to argue with the officers. When she refused to surrender, officers attempted to detain her.

During the struggle, one of the officer's guns went off and hit the ground. Bullet fragments hit the other officer and the woman.

Belmont Police said the officers had their guns drawn due to the nature of the incident.  

Medics took Officer Randy Berry and Melissa Verner to the hospital with injuries to the leg.  Both are expected to be OK.

The officer was treated and released. Verner was still in the hospital Tuesday morning.

At a press conference Tuesday, officials identified Verner and the driver of the suspect car as in their 20s. The driver's name has not been released.

Belmont Police identified the officer whose gun discharged as Sergeant Pickert.

The Sergeant is on paid administrative leave, and the State Bureau of Investigation was notified – per standard procedure with all officer-involved shootings.

No charges have been filed. 

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