Charlotte police shoot and kill man, sparking growing protest

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Charlotte, North Carolina, police looking to serve a warrant Tuesday shot and killed a man in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

The man was armed but not the man police were looking for, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a news release.

The late-afternoon shooting set off an angry crowd response that grew as the hours passed.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer suffered injuries during protests Tuesday night . The officer's injuries are not life-threatening.

It was not clear why authorities were serving the warrant. While they were looking for that individual, officers saw a man get out of a car with a gun, then get back into the vehicle, the statement said.

Officers moved in.

"The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject," police said.

Police Chief Kerr Putney said at least one officer shot the man. Two investigative branches of the department were looking into the shooting, he said

The man, who was not identified, died at Carolinas Medical Center.

A gun the man was holding was found at the scene, police said.

CNN affiliate WSOC reported that protesters blocked off a road, in northeast Charlotte about 8 p.m. A line of police in riot gear stretched across the street.

Many of the demonstrators yelled, "No justice, no peace!"

Some hurled water bottles at police. At least one city bus was used for people who had been detained by police.

Police tweeted they were deploying their civil emergency unit to help patrol officers leave the scene.


  • confused

    Now maybe it’s just me but if i got out of my car with my PERMITTED gun, saw cops all over I’d toss my gun back into the car or drop it and kick it to them, put up my hands, kneel or lay down if told. I would NOT flash my gun twice, PERMIT or not to a bunch of cops, not knowing why they were there or what was going on. That’s how you get shot.

  • Slice

    “tired of the narrative of every cop”? What would you propose they do when a person has a gun? Obey the laws and these people would not die, disobey them and your chances go up, plain and simple. Stay out of trouble, but it seems that many have a problem with that.

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