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Man charged after CMPD officer fires gun in his home

Scene of the incident early Tuesday when an Charlott-Mecklenburg Police officer fired his weapon. No one was injured, police said.
Scene of the incident early Tuesday when an Charlott-Mecklenburg Police officer fired his weapon. No one was injured, police said.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer fired his gun at an armed "suicidal person" early Tuesday morning, but did not hit the man, police said.

CMPD officials say no one was injured in the encounter, which took place at 3:35 a.m. in the 6200 block of Idlebrook Drive in southeast Charlotte.

The officer, Robert Land, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The armed man, 41-year-old Timothy Hunter, has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, police said. He was taken directly to jail after the incident.

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Timothy Hunter, 41, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer after a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fired a gun in his presence early Tuesday, police said. Police said Hunter was armed. Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Investigators say officers were responding to a call from a woman who said her husband was in their bedroom with multiple guns and "was threatening suicide."

Two officers followed the woman into the home, and saw the man step out of a bedroom "carrying a long gun," according to a CMPD press release.

"The officers perceived an imminent threat and one of the officers fired his handgun. The subject was not hit," the press release said.

Police evacuated other family members from the home and waited outside, the press release said. The man eventually put down the gun, walked out and surrendered, according to the release.

Land was hired by CMPD in September 2006, police said. He responded to the scene alongside another patrol officer, Anderson Brown, who was hired in October 2004.

More than 600 CMPD officers have gone through "crisis intervention team" training, a five-day course that teaches officers verbal de-escalation skills and signs of common mental illnesses and addiction.

Land and Brown were not CIT trained, police said Tuesday. A CIT-trained supervisor was on their way to the scene at the time of the shooting, CMPD spokesman Rob Tufano said.

Brown and Land will both be on paid administrative lead while a criminal investigation and a CMPD internal affairs investigation are carried out, police said.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester
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