Crime & Courts

Police disarm gunman at Carolinas Medical Center

Ashan Louisne

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they disarmed a gunman in the Carolinas Medical Center emergency room early Sunday without any shots being fired.

Police said the man refused their orders to drop his gun and instead hid behind a wall. Police said they caught him when he tried to leave through a side door.

Ashan Louisne, 26, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun, kidnapping, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. He was jailed with bail set at $42,500.

The incident happened about 2:45 a.m. when police who were outside the medical center on an unrelated matter saw people frantically leaving the emergency room, saying a gunman was inside.

Police drew their weapons, approached the interior and saw a man pointing a handgun at several people, police said in a statement.

Officers told the man to drop his weapon. He refused, although police said he didn’t point the gun at them.

The man instead hid behind the wall. He came out several times but refused to drop the gun before going back behind the wall, police said.

He was arrested as he tried to leave through the side door.

Police said the man went to the emergency room with injuries suffered during an earlier altercation at a club in uptown Charlotte.

While in the emergency room, the man saw several people he’d argued with at the night club, police said.

At some point he drew a gun and pointed it at the others, police said.

In its statement, the police department said it commended the officers “for demonstrating a high level of restraint as well as excellent communication and tactics that led to this peaceful resolution.”

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