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Teen shot by cop was carrying a knife, authorities say

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police now say that a teen who was shot by police was carrying a knife when authorities responded to his mother's house for a stabbing call Saturday night.

Earlier, authorities said that the teen had a "shiny object" in his hand when he was shot. The incident began when the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department received a call about a stabbing around 9:30 p.m. Saturday along the 4400 block of Brandie Glen Road.

When officers arrived, the victim, Valinda Streater, told Officer Matt Wilson she had been stabbed, and that she feared the suspect was still in her home.  She told Wilson the suspect might still be in her home with her elderly parents, police said.

As Officer Wilson walked down the street toward Streater's home, police say he was approached by two people and one of them, 15-year-old Jeffery Green, was holding a knife. 

Wilson ordered Green to drop the object.  At the time, police did not know if Green was the suspect responsible for stabbing Streater -- and as it turns out, Green is the son of the victim.

Police say Green continued walking toward Wilson, and Wilson then fired his weapon.  After Green was hit, he ran from the scene and was found behind a nearby house.  Police also found a 12-1/2" knife that had been tossed in a grassy area. 

Green was injured and taken to Carolinas Medical Center.  At last check, he was listed in stable condition.  Valinda Streater was also taken to the hospital.

Police later learned the teen who was shot by the cop was Streater's son. 

Police said the suspect responsible for stabbing Streater is 39-year-old Bruce Jenkins.  He was arrested several blocks away and charged with assault on a female. 

Police have not released a motive for the stabbing.

Wilson was hired by the CMPD in January of 2008.  He has been placed on paid administrative leaved pending an investigation into the shooting to determine if departmental procedures and policies were followed. 

If you know anything about this incident, call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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