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He had a knife, and an officer shot and killed him. That cop won't be charged, DA says.

Body cam video shows what happened when CMPD officer shot suicidal man

Charlie Shoupe, 27, died in a Charlotte hospital after being shot by CMPD Officer Daniel Flynn in the parking lot of an apartment complex where Shoupe lived with his mother, Brenda Morris. Shoupe charged Flynn with a knife he was apparently using
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Charlie Shoupe, 27, died in a Charlotte hospital after being shot by CMPD Officer Daniel Flynn in the parking lot of an apartment complex where Shoupe lived with his mother, Brenda Morris. Shoupe charged Flynn with a knife he was apparently using

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed a Charlotte man armed with a knife in February will not be charged, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather said Wednesday.

Charlie Shoupe, 27, was suffering from schizophrenia at the time of his death, family members said earlier this year.

On the afternoon of Feb. 2, Shoupe's mother called 911 and said her son was threatening to kill himself.

Firefighters and emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene first and tried to speak with Shoupe, who was carrying a knife, in the parking lot of his apartment building.

When CMPD Officer Daniel Flynn drove up — He was the first CMPD officer to arrive — Shoupe approached the car and Flynn shot him multiple times.

Flynn saw Shoupe sprinting toward him with the knife, according to an interview with Flynn cited in Merriweather's report. Flynn said he yelled at him to put it down, but Shoupe continued toward him. Flynn said he shot him after another warning.

The entire encounter lasted about 20 seconds, according to body camera footage from the scene.

After the shooting, firefighters told investigators that Shoupe threatened to kill officers and talked about forcing them to kill him. They said they kept Shoupe and his knife away from bystanders for safety reasons and tried to convince him to drop the knife.

They used a 2-and-a-half foot firefighting hook to keep themselves a safe distance from Shoupe.

Shoupe injured himself with the knife after firefighters arrived, and Charlotte Fire Captain James Robert Stikeleather said he did not appear to be feeling any pain.

He thought Shoupe might be "hyped up on something," Merriweather's report states.

Flynn also said he thought Shoupe was under the influence of a stimulant because he said Shoupe did not react until he'd fired about five shots at him. After that, Flynn told investigators, Shoupe raised his shoulders slightly and then kept running toward him, holding the knife.

After the last shot, he sank to the ground, Flynn said.

Flynn guessed that he fired eight to 10 rounds, and the investigation showed he fired nine. Shoupe's autopsy showed he was hit by at least four bullets.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester
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