Forty-three-year-old Robert Ferguson fired his gun while a suspect was fleeing the scene.
It happened around 1:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Shoreline Drive in the College Lakes area while police were investigating another incident involving shots being fired at a car in the area of McArthur Road.
During the investigation, a silver vehicle drove past the officers, prompting the officers to approach the vehicle.
Police said Ferguson and another officer were speaking with 24-year-old Antonio Spearman and 19-year-old Devonte Lock while the two men were inside their vehicle. Lock attempted to drive away from the officer while the Spearman fled on foot.
Ferguson asked the driver to stop, but when he refused, the officer fired his gun.
Lock managed to flee the scene but was located a short time later. He was not harmed by Ferguson's gunshot.
Both Spearman and Lock were charged with obstructing an officer. Lock was also charged with driving with a revoked license.
It is standard procedure of the Fayetteville Police Department to put an officer on administrative leave when he or she is involved in a shooting. Ferguson, who joined the Fayetteville Police Department in 2008, will remain on leave pending an investigation.