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Man shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police remains in critical condition, police say

CMPD addresses shooting incident

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers shot a person armed with a handgun in east Charlotte, North Carolina, off Independence Boulevard. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney addresses the media.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers shot a person armed with a handgun in east Charlotte, North Carolina, off Independence Boulevard. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney addresses the media.

The man shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers outside his home Saturday is still in critical condition in the hospital, police spokeswoman Melissa Treadaway said Monday afternoon.

Police said Saturday that Bobby Morgan, 29, was armed with a gun when he walked out of his east Charlotte home and was shot.

Morgan called police himself Saturday morning, saying he was armed and upset with his neighbors, police said. The Observer has requested a copy of the call, which is public record.

When officers arrived, they heard shots fired inside the home, according to a Saturday CMPD news release.

A CMPD SWAT team responded and set up a perimeter around the house, police said.

Officers saw Morgan in the window with a weapon, police said, and then he came out of his house. Officers ordered Morgan to drop the gun, and when he didn’t do that, police shot him, according to the news release.

Three officers fired their guns, police said, and Morgan was hospitalized with “gunshot wounds.”

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said a handgun was found at the scene.

Detectives are still investigating to develop a timeline of the morning, Treadaway said in an email Monday.

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Morgan’s call to police came in around 8:30 a.m., Putney said. Bert Webb, a neighbor who said he witnessed much of the incident from across the street, estimated that Morgan was shot a couple of hours later, between 10 a.m. and noon.

CMPD’s first tweet about the shooting was posted at 10:42 a.m.

Putney said the officers at the scene knew about Morgan and police had responded to the Winfield Drive home before.

Two people who live on Morgan’s block said they saw police at his house several times in the past year — maybe every other month or so, Webb estimated.

Webb and Lakea Brown, who lives on Morgan’s side of the street, each said they’d never had any issues with Morgan.

Brown said he seemed a bit standoffish. Webb said his relationship with Morgan was limited to waving.

The three officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave, police said. Investigator Derek Rud is a member of SWAT, Treadaway said, while officers Joshua Skipper and Edward Gonzalez are not part of SWAT.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester

Jane Wester is a Charlotte native and has been covering criminal justice and public safety for The Charlotte Observer since May 2017.

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