CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Body camera evidence was used to determine that a CMPD officer was justified when he shot and killed a man in North Charlotte.
According to the DA, Officer Brian Walsh won't face any criminal charges for shooting and killing 25-year-old Ukranian immigrant Iaroslav Mosiiuk. The incident happened back in March on Justice Ave.
Officers were responding to a 911 call for a man threatening suicide when they saw Mosiiuk carrying a rifle. According to officers Mosiiuk refused to put the rifle down.
"We got a call for service a subject was threatening a suicide, our officers arrived, when they did they encountered a subject who had a rifle, a hunting rifle," said CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.
The DA now says it was reasonable for responders to believe that the rifle was loaded and deadly.
Chief Putney imemdiately addressed the media after the shooting saying that the officers on scene knew their pistols were no match for the rifle Mosiiuk carried.
"During the encounter, one of the officers perceived a lethal threat and fired his service weapon, at least one time that were aware of at this point," Chief Putney said.
The DA used the officers' body cameras to make his decision. That footage is expected to be released publicly, but there is no clear timeline on when. A CMPD investigation is still going on.
According to the Charlotte Observer an autopsy report shows Mosiiuk died from one gun shot to the back.
Mosiiuk's sister made the 911 phone call to police. The family has yet to respond to the DA's decision. It is unclear if they will pursue a civil lawsuit.