The Charlotte Fire Departments swift water rescue team is attempting to a rescue a man who police said was trying to elude questioning by jumping into Briar Creek.
Members of the police and fire department are on the scene at Briar Creek near the 1700 block of Providence Road.
Police were responding to a 911 call about a suspicious vehicle. When an officer arrived on the scene the person in the vehicle, Thomas Fitts, jumped and ran from the car. When spotted, officers said Fitts took off. Police said it didn't take long before he crashed. That's when he jumped out of the vehicle and into the creek
Police said that there are several reasons Fitts would run. He has two outstanding warrants for drug possession and breaking and entering. Also, the vehicle he was found in was reported stolen.
There was a woman with him at the time of the incident. Police said she has been key to identifying Fitts.
Obviously he's a criminal Keith Bridges of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said. The first call that came into us was that he was seen in a parking lot assembling a shotgun.
More than 40 firefighters searched the scene hoping for a rescue, and also aware it could be a body recovery.
The officer saw him two or three times bob up and down and float and have trouble swimming, or appear to have trouble swimming, Sgt. Rodney Wilson said. The officer ran down the bank and lost site of him.
Storm water services also came on the scene to help determine the waters speed and just how far Fitts could have traveled.
Firefighters are staged at bridges along Briar Creek and are combing the waters. They said their search would continue until about midnight.
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