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Man allegedly fires shots at officers, killed by police at Charlotte motel

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A man wanted by police after exchanging gunfire with officers Monday was killed by police at a Charlotte motel Wednesday night.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Devaron Ricardo Wilburn, 21, refused to come out of a motel room at the Intown Suites in the 7700 block of N. Tryon Street.

Police had been tipped off that Wilburn was at the hotel. According to officers, a female came out of the room voluntarily but Wilburn refused.

When he allegedly showed a weapon to officers, Officer David Michaud shot Wilburn once in the abdomen.

He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where he later died.

Wilburn's first encounter with police was Monday night in the 1800 block of W. Trade Street, when police say he exchanged gunfire with officers.

In that incident, police say they arrived to find a man running away from them while firing several shots at officers. Police say Officer Christopher Miranda returned fire, but neither man was hit.

Justin Davis lives nearby and says police told him to go back inside.

"I heard like eight shots. You know eight rapid shots and then after that I saw the suspect run down the street with a gun in his hand. He's just running to the backyard in the woods," said Davis, "You never think somebody shooting at the police though this time of the night or anytime of the day. It's just something you don't do."

Other officers and K-9 units responded to the scene but did not locate the armed man.

Investigators visited area businesses Tuesday to search surveillance video for possible clues.

Wednesday, police identified Wilburn as the suspect and issued warrants for his arrest.

Officers Miranda and Michaud are on administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure for any officer-involved shooting.

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