Security guard released after killing masked man at video gaming parlor

Charlotte’s 59th homicide was reported early Wednesday morning, after a man was fatally shot by someone who was paid to protect the business where it happened.

Two masked, armed men entered a video gaming parlor on Albemarle Road around midnight, and a security guard shot one of them after he pointed a gun toward staff members, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. Chris Dozier said. The security guard has not been identified.

The victim is Julian Anthony Harris, 32. Police said he and the other man, who has not been identified or arrested yet, ran away after the security guard fired once.

Harris was found dead in a wooded area behind the gaming parlor, police said.

WSOC has identified the business as Queen City Skillsville, on the 5600 block of Albemarle Road.

People can legally use deadly force to defend others if they have a reasonable belief that lives are in danger, Dozier said. A verbal warning before shooting isn’t necessary if danger is imminent, he said.

The security guard was taken to police headquarters where he was interviewed and released, police said. Police said he has been cooperative.

Wednesday’s death puts Charlotte on pace to record about 90 homicides in 2017, up from 67 last year.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a homicide unit detective. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.