CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A police officer shot an armed suspect following a SWAT situation Saturday morning in east Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
The incident happened at 8:26 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 in the 3900 block of Winfield Drive. A man had called 911 stating that he had a gun and was upset with his neighbors.
As officers arrived on scene, they hard gunshots being fired from inside the home. The 911 caller then barricaded himself inside his home.
SWAT and negotiators responded to the scene Saturday morning to coordinate a peaceful resolution, police said. A perimeter was also set up around the home.
During the incident, CMPD said officers saw the armed man at the window of the home with a weapon. The armed man then came outside. Several officers issued commands to the man, ordering him to drop the gun but the man refused to cooperate.
"Officers perceived an imminent, deadly threat and subsequently fired their weapons," CMPD said in a written release. The man was provided medical attention before he was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. His handgun was recovered from the scene, police said.
The identities of those involved in this incident will be released pending the completion of appropriate family notifications, CMPD said.
As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, CMPD said 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. Per department protocol, the officers involved in this case have been placed on administrative leave.