Suspect shot while holding pregnant woman at gunpoint; 3 officers on leave


A northwest Charlotte shooting and home invasion involving Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers left multiple people in the hospital late Monday evening.

The incident occurred in the backyard of 1912 Holly Street around 10 p.m Monday, Sept. 25. Officers responded to a call for 'an armed home invasion.'

Upon arrival, CMPD officers saw an armed man, identified as Johnathan Autry, at the scene. Autry went back inside of the home and came back out holding a pregnant woman at gunpoint. 

Officers gave verbal commands to Autry to drop his weapon and move away from the woman. He did not comply and three officers, identified as Officer Shon Sheffield, Officer Joseph Bauer and Officer James Tindall, fired at Autry. All three officers have been placed on administrative leave. 

Chief Putney said the victim was "shaken up," but appears to be okay. She and a child who was inside the home are being treated at the hospital. 

Detectives were able to recover the gun Autry had been holding at the time of the shooting. Witnesses indicated a second suspect – a short, heavyset black male wearing dark clothing – fled the scene before police arrived.

CMPD said the investigation determined that the family was not randomly targeted. Although the victim and suspect were unknown to one another, Autry used the name of the victim's husband when demanding the family's money. The husband was not home at the time of the incident.

Autry is listed in critical but stable condition. He is currently being treated for his injuries and will be transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail upon discharge. He will be charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

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