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Police shoot and kill armed man in northeast Charlotte

Police shot and killed a man they said had a gun in northeast Charlotte late Wednesday.
Police shot and killed a man they said had a gun in northeast Charlotte late Wednesday. WBTV

Police shot and killed a man they said had a gun in northeast Charlotte late Wednesday.

The man was shot in the 1900 block of Prospect Drive, which is in the Hidden Valley neighborhood near West Sugar Creek Road.

No officers were hurt, according to a tweet from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police at 10:10 p.m.

Police said they responded to a report of an armed man at the Hunters Pointe Apartments at 9:10 p.m. The man was outside the apartment complex, police said.

The man had called police to say he had a gun, Police Chief Kerr Putney said.

Officers responded and saw a man with his hands in his waistband, according to the chief. They gave verbal commands to raise his hands, Putney said.

“At some point, one of his hands is raised,” the chief said. “They see a weapon, a handgun. They perceive a lethal threat that’s imminent, and at least two officers we believe right now fired their weapons.”

He said he “had no idea” how many shots hit the man.

Medic pronounced the man dead at the scene. His name and age will be released once his family is contacted, police said. Police said they also will release the names of the officers involved.

Putney also said the man was Hispanic. He said there was a language barrier when the man called police.

Police recovered the gun they said the man was holding at the time of the shooting. CMPD detectives are interviewing people who might have witnessed the incident.

As is standard procedure whenever police shoot a person, CMPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were followed. Per department protocol, the officer will be placed on administrative leave, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 704-432-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

“Our heart goes out to the deceased’s family,” Putney said.

The Hidden Valley neighborhood has long struggled with drugs and violence.

For decades, police worked to dismantle a homegrown gang known as the Hidden Valley Kings. In April 2016, police announced they’d arrested a dozen people connected to a drug-dealing operation in the neighborhood and that the gang had all but been eliminated.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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