A 59-year-old Charlotte man died early Saturday after he pointed two handguns at SWAT officers, prompting one of the officers to shoot the suspect, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.
Police say they had gone to a home in the 2500 block of Penninger Circle around 1:15 a.m. Saturday after receiving a call about an assault with a deadly weapon. The home is about a half-mile from the intersection of Mallard Creek and Hubbard roads in the University City area.
Officers said no one at the home was hurt. But they said the caller, whom police did not identify, told police that he and his father, Lemuel Rufus Furr III, had gotten into an argument. The caller said Furr shot at him before barricading himself inside the home, according to a CMPD news release.
CMPD said its SWAT team made several attempts to get Furr to surrender peacefully. Police said Furr repeatedly told officers “that he was not going to be taken alive.”
Police said SWAT team members were setting up a perimeter around the home when Furr came out of the house, carrying two handguns. According to police, Furr pointed the guns in the direction of the officers and began advancing toward them. One of the SWAT officers then fired at the man, striking him.
Furr was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have been called to the Furr residence in the past for domestic-related issues, said CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe, according to the Observer’s news partner, WCNC-TV.
He called what happened Saturday a tragedy.
“The officers, for the most part, were very restrained during the entire incident,” Monroe said. “It wasn’t until they felt that they had reached the point where they had no other choice but to protect the perimeter and protect those officers.”
The caller and other family members on the scene declined to comment Saturday.
Tosha Simpson, a neighbor who has lived on Penninger Circle for more than two years, said the shooting was surprising.
“This is something that doesn’t happen very often around here,” Simpson said. “It’s such a quiet neighborhood – it’s a dead end.”
Simpson said she knew Furr and his son as quiet people who kept to themselves. She said she was unsure if others lived in the residence.
“They’re really nice people,” Simpson said. “They wave to me everyday. They were so quiet, there were never any issues.”
Simpson said police began to arrive in the neighborhood shortly after 1 a.m. Within the hour, she said, more than 30 police cars, a firetruck and an ambulance lined the street.
She said Furr’s son – the caller – was removed from the property and escorted to the entrance of the neighborhood shortly after 2 a.m. Around 2:30 a.m., she said, she heard the shot fired.
Police have not yet identified the officers involved in the shooting.
Police said two investigations into the shooting are now underway, including one by Internal Affairs to look into whether CMPD policies and procedures were followed. Detectives with CMPD’s homicide and assault with a deadly weapon unit also are investigating the shooting.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to speak with a homicide detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.