Source: David Sentendrey/FOX 46 Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has identified an armed robbery suspect who was shot and killed by a Charlotte police officer Wednesday afternoon.
The suspect, Michael Daniel Kelley, 32, was pronounced dead at Atrium Health on Wednesday. Family has been notified of his death.
Around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, CMPD Officer and K-9 handler Timothy Kiefer located Kelley on foot in the 1500 block of West Boulevard. Police said Kelley fit the description of a suspect wanted in two armed robberies that happened earlier in the day.
According to police, Officer Kiefer attempted to make contact with Kelley in the parking lot of 1520 West Boulevard. Kiefer got out of his vehicle and immediately began to give 'loud, repeated, verbal commands' to Kelley. Kelley reportedly began to walk quickly toward Officer Kiefer, rapidly closing the distance.
According to CMPD, Kiefer opened the rear door of his marked police vehicle and his K-9 exited the vehicle. Officer Kiefer gave commands to his K-9 to engage Kelley. The suspect began to sprint toward Officer Kiefer. Kiefer said he continued to give 'loud, repeated, verbal commands' to Kelley; however, he ignored the commands and continued to rapidly advance toward the officer.
CMPD said Officer Kiefer fired his service weapon, striking Kelley. The suspect was transported to the hospital where he later died.
Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene and recovered a knife at the scene of the incident.
Kelley is believed to be connected to a reported robbery that happened at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday at a church located in the 300 block of Freeland Lane. The suspect demanded money and when a man inside the church said, "no," the suspect pulled out a box cutter, cut the victim, and took his car keys before stealing the victim's Infiniti.
A short time later, a suspect matching the description in the prior incident, robbed the Family Dollar Store in the 4600 block of W. Tyvola Road and left in an Infiniti. The store employees reported they believed the suspect was armed with a gun. No injuries were reported.
At approximately 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, a patrol officer located the unoccupied stolen Infiniti in a shopping center in the 1500 block of West Boulevard.
Officers were circulating the area attempting to find the suspect when CMPD Officer Timothy Kiefer and his K-9 located Kelley in the 1500 block of West Boulevard.
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 this incident. Per department protocol, Officer Timothy Kiefer has been placed on paid Administrative Leave.