CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said at least one of their officers was involved in a shooting incident Friday afternoon in west Charlotte, sending one person to the hospital.
Officers were called to the 3200 block of Timberbrook Drive to investigate a suicide attempt in the area just before the officer-involved shooting occurred.
CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said the suicidal individual, now identified as Charlie Shoupe, was "armed with a knife" and charged at one of the officers. Putney said the officer gave loud, repeated verbal commands for Shoupe to drop the weapon and even retreated multiple times to put distance between himself and Shoupe. However, Shoupe continued to charge and the officer fired his gun, striking Shoupe.
Shoupe was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
"Our thoughts are with all involved," CMPD tweeted on Friday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said all of their officers are "OK".
CMPD has identified the officer who shot Shoupe as Officer Daniel Flynn. Flynn was hired in May 2006 and is assigned to patrol with the Freedom Division. He has peen placed on administrative leave.
The Internal Affairs Bureau is also investigating to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were followed.