CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released dash-cam and body-worn cam footage in connection to a 2016 shooting where CMPD's SWAT Team shot and killed an armed man.
The incident happened around 3 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at a 7-Eleven convenience store located in the 6600 block of Tuckaseegee Road.
CMPD's SWAT Team and negotiators were called to the store concerning a man armed with a gun. When they arrived on scene they saw Sylasone Ackhavong in the parking lot waving a gun and wearing a bullet-proof vest.
Officers negotiated with Ackhavong for more than an hour and made a multitude of attempts to convince him to drop the gun.
During the incident, CMPD said responding officers perceived an imminent deadly threat from Ackhavong’s actions and discharged their weapons intending to stop him. Ackhavong was struck by gunfire during the incident.
CMPD officers subsequently performed medical measures intended to save Ackhavong’s life. He died as a result of his injuries while being taken to the hospital.
The members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s SWAT team that were involved in the shooting were identified as Officer Olin Lester and Officer Derek Rud.
An outside, independent investigation was requested and the case was managed by the State Bureau of Investigation. The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office thoroughly reviewed the SBI case and determined that the officers actions were lawful.
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