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Police arrest man in Charlotte apartment homicide


A 47-year-old Charlotte man was arrested Monday morning in connection with Sunday afternoon’s fatal shooting of a 19-year-old -- an incident that touched off a four-hour police standoff at an eastside apartment complex.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Phillip Robert Scott Jr. was taken into custody without incident Monday morning. Investigators say they have taken out a murder warrant against Scott.

His arrest follows the shooting of Danny Barrino, who police say was involved in an altercation with another man before he was shot. After the shooting, police shut down the Preserve at Lake Forest, a large apartment complex near the W.T. Harris Boulevard-Albemarle Road intersection.

A SWAT team tried unsuccessfully to contact a suspect in apartment, but police eventually determined no one was in the apartment.

Trudy Allen said her son, whom she identified as Danny Barrino Allen, was killed. She said she was in church when police called her to tell her about the shooting.

“No matter what he did or what he’s done, now my baby’s gone,” she said, sobbing while being consoled by another woman. “I don’t know the reason, but he’s gone for something stupid.”

She also said, “Whoever did this, they need to come to justice.”

As the standoff wore on, police blocked the entrance to the apartment complex, forcing residents and others to walk to their homes. A negotiator’s voice could be heard over a loudspeaker.

An out-of-service Charlotte Area Transit System bus sat parked nearby for displaced residents.

Many milled about outside on the warm, spring day as officers in green SWAT garb streamed into the complex, changing into green fatigues and carrying assault-type weapons to an area roped off with police tape.

Residents peered at the police activity from balconies or took in the police drama from the grassy area between apartments, occasionally recording police movements with cellphones.

Around 9 p.m., police determined that no one was inside the apartment in question, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Maj. Steve Willis.

Police encourage anyone with information on the shooting to call a homicide detective at 704-432-TIPS. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Staff writer Steve Lyttle contributed

Cleve R. Wootson: 704-358-5046
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