A man is dead after raising a gun towards SWAT officers and officers returning fire in west Charlotte, killing the man, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
CMPD is conducting an officer involved shooting investigation that happened at the 7-Eleven on the 6600 block of Tuckaseegee Road.
Officers responded around 3:00 a.m. to Sylasone Ackhavong threatening suicide.
When officers arrived they found Ackhavong holding a firearm. Officers say SWAT responded to the scene. After SWAT tried to get Ackhavong to put down the firearm, he raised the weapon and pointed it in the direction of officers. SWAT officers fired their weapons hitting Ackhavong.
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Medic was on scene and immediately began to help Ackhavong who was pronounced dead on the way to CMC, according to officers.
As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.
Officer Olin Lester and Officer Derek Rud have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. Officer Lester has been employed with the CMPD since September 27, 2000 and is currently assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau. Officer Rud has been employed since July 18, 2005 and is currently assigned to patrol in the Metro Division.
This is an ongoing, active investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.