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Officer who fired gun while trying to arrest suspect will not face charges

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - A Jacksonville police officer who fired his gun while trying to arrest a suspect will not face any criminal charges in relation to the incident, according to District Attorney Ernie Lee.

Lee said based on his office's review of an internal investigation by the Jacksonville Police Department, there is insufficient evidence for any criminal charges against Officer Wilson related to the discharge of his weapon.  

Police arrested Rodney Pridgen Tuesday after an incident occurred at a nightclub in Jacksonville early Monday morning.

He has been charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and going armed to the terror of the public. 

The Jacksonville Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at the nightclub Champagne Lounge around 1:00 a.m.

The nightclub is located on the premises of the Red Carpet Inn at 701 North Marine Boulevard.

Police said they found a major disturbance underway with suspects fighting and running from the area.

There were reports that a suspect fled the area carrying a firearm, police said.

Police started searching the areas surrounding the hotel in pursuit of the identified the suspect that was carrying the firearm.  

Police said the suspect made a threatening movement with the firearm at the officers.

Officer Wilson fired his duty weapon, police said. 

There were no injuries.

If you have information about the incident, contact JPD Sergeant Mark Ketchum at 910-938-6412 or the Crime Stoppers at 910-938-5034.

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