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Police: Homeowner shoots and kills motorist who shot woman

North Charlotte Shooting Scene

Two shot on Pegram Street in north Charlotte
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Two shot on Pegram Street in north Charlotte

A homeowner shot and killed a motorist east of uptown Charlotte Tuesday morning as the motorist pointed a gun at a woman he’d already shot, police said.

Police identified the man who was shot and killed as Degarrian Santonia Coleman, 31.

The woman police said Coleman shot and injured was Coleman’s grandmother.

Police said Coleman and his grandmother were traveling in a vehicle in the 1200 block of Pegram Street, near East 15th Street in central Charlotte, when they began to argue.

Coleman then shot his grandmother in the leg, police said, causing her to lose control of the car, which then struck a telephone pole. Police have not released the woman’s name or the name of the homeowner who shot and killed Coleman.

Police said the homeowner did not know Coleman and Coleman’s grandmother.

The fatal shooting will be reviewed by the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges will be filed against the homeowner, police said.

Coleman and his grandmother had left their vehicle when Coleman continued shooting at her about 9:40 a.m., police said.

The homeowner who was inside his residence heard the shots and saw the man pointing a handgun at the woman, police said. The homeowner then shot the man, who was armed with a handgun, police said.

Medic took Coleman to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Medic took the grandmother to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

No one else was injured, police said.

Police were canvassing the neighborhood for more witnesses Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 704-432-TIPS (8477) and speak directly to a homicide detective, or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Marusak: 704-358-5067;

Twitter: @jmarusak

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