Man shot, killed by CMPD officer during apparent road rage incident identified

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Photo courtesy of family member Elizabeth Diaz 

An armed man was fatally shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Thursday afternoon in east Charlotte, according to police. 

The man has been identified as Josue Javer Diaz, 28. His family has been notified of his death. 

The shooting happened about 1:18 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in the 6200 block of Albemarle Road.

According to investigators, an undercover detective was sitting in traffic near the intersection of Albemarle Road and Reddman Road, when another vehicle with two people inside sideswiped the officer's vehicle and took off.

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The undercover officer followed the vehicle and at some point the driver, identified as Diaz, got out, pulled a gun and shots were fired. According to a police report, Diaz fired his weapon at the officer.

Diaz was pronounced dead on scene by Medic.

Both the detective and the suspect have been identified as Hispanic. Due to the undercover nature of the detective’s assignment, his name is being withheld.    

Investigators said the detective has been placed on administrative leave. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said all officers involved are okay. They said a gun was recovered at the scene.

The other person in the vehicle has been taken into custody.

Albemarle Road was shut down between Farm Pond Land and Sharon Amity Road. It has since been reopened.

A small group of protesters tried to disrupt traffic along Albemarle Road right near the shooting scene earlier in the afternoon.

Update from police on fatal shooting: