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Police arrest two after officer shot in his apartment

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Police arrested two men wanted in connection with the shooting of an off-duty Charlotte police officer in his apartment during a home invasion.

Police have also connected the main suspect to several more robberies in our area.

Kevin Watson McCarthy, 19, and Mauricio Gabriel Salazar-Peiti, 17, were arrested and charged Sunday evening in the break-in and shooting. McCarthy was arrested by police and Salazar-Peiti voluntarily turned himself in, police say.

Salazar-Peiti is charged as an accomplice, after the crime was committed.

Jon Dunham, the CMPD officer, was shot at an apartment complex on Montcrest Drive early Sunday morning according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

They say Dunham was at his apartment when a man kicked down the door and stole property. 

A source close to the investigation says Dunham was home at the time with his 12-year-old son.

Dunham told investigators there was an altercation with an unknown suspect. Investigators said the suspect shot Dunham and ran from the scene. His cell phone and debit card were stolen.

Dunham has been released from the hospital and is recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

One neighbor who lives near the crime scene, said she knows how it feels to be a victim.

She did not want her name used, but said, "I have been a victim of break-ins, home invasions and robberies three times. It's not unusual to have many gunshots on any given night."

Officer Dunham has been a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since August 8, 2008. He is assigned to patrol in the Metro Division.

We've learned that Dunham had lived at Emerald Bay apartment complex for only two weeks, and provided security in exchange for reduced rent.

Timothy Hose, CEO of Synco Properties, which manages the complex said he and other members of his team met with police Monday morning.  Hose said they believe the suspects are non-residents.

He said the home invasion is frustrating because the new properties owners have spent a lot of money to curb crime and turn the complex around.

Meanwhile officers showed up in big numbers to pack Dunham's belongings, and from what we're told find him a new place to live.

McClary was charged with two counts of armed robbery, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first degree burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Salazar-Peiti was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact armed robbery,  accessory after the fact  attempted murder, accessory after the fact assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury , accessory after the fact first degree burglary and felony possession of stolen goods. 

Late Monday, CMPD said McClary was connected to several more robberies, including one in Gaston County and one in York County.

Two additional suspects have been named. Detectives have arrest warrants for 18-year-old Miguel Angel Zelaya and 18-year-old Nahum Maldonado Rea. 

Anyone with information about this incident can call crime stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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