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DA: CMPD officer did not break law in fatal shooting

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer did not break the law when he shot and killed a 59-year-old man during an armed confrontation early last month, the district attorney’s office ruled last week.

District Attorney Andrew Murray said there was no evidence that CMPD Officer Olin Lester, a 13-year veteran of the department and a member of the SWAT team, “acted unlawfully” in the July 6 shooting of Lemuel Rufus Furr III.

Police said Furr pointed guns at CMPD officers after emerging from his north Charlotte house, where he had barricaded himself.

The shooting happened about 1:15 a.m. in the 2500 block of Pennigar Circle, near Mallard Creek and Hubbard roads.

Police said a man told them he and his father had gotten into an argument. The father, later identified as Furr, then barricaded himself in the house.

Police said he told them he “was not going to be taken alive.”

Murray said his department’s investigation did not deal with the issue of whether Lester and other officers at the scene followed CMPD procedures. The department is conducting a separate investigation to answer that question.

Murray said Lester fired a shot at Furr after watching the man come outside his house with one gun in each hand, moving toward police officers.

“It is noteworthy that Furr not only had a gun in each hand as he walked toward police, but it was soon discovered that he also had two more handguns in his front pants pockets,” Murray said.

The district attorney said Furr earlier told police who were negotiating with him that he would come out shooting and “go down in a blaze of glory.”

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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