CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fired his gun during an encounter with an armed 'suicidal man' early Tuesday morning in southeast Charlotte. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
The man has been identified as Timothy Hunter, 41. He has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer.
The incident happened at 3:35 a.m. Tuesday, May 15 at a home located in the 6200 block of Idlebrook Drive. Police said a woman called 911 stating that her husband was threatening to kill himself and that there were firearms in the bedroom.
Two CMPD officers arrived on scene by 3:44 a.m. and after speaking with the woman, entered the home. As the two officers entered the house, the woman's husband came out of the bedroom carrying a long gun.
The two officers perceived the man as an imminent threat and one of the CMPD officers, identified as Officer Robert Land, fired his handgun. The man was not hit.
CMPD said all family members were removed from the home and Hunter also walked out of the house unarmed. He was then taken into custody.
CMPD Officer Land and Officer Anderson Brown have been placed on Administrative Leave per department protocol. 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 met during this incident.
This remains an ongoing, active investigation.