CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte police officer shoots and kills a robbery suspect who police says pulled a gun during a struggle.
For the second time in less than a week, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is having to deal with one of their officers who was involved in an overnight shooting.
This time, the suspect is dead.
The CMPD said that around 11:30 Monday night, officers from the Metro division spotted a man driving a red scooter down Beatties Ford Road in Northwest Charlotte.
That scooter matched the description of one used in an armed robbery on June 25th. In that case, the victim was shot.
According to police, they tried to stop the man, later identified as Michael Deangelo Laney, but Laney took off on the scooter.
Officers gave chase.
Police tell us Laney ditched the scooter, and ran to his home located at 2317 Crestview Drive.
Police caught up to Laney, and they said a scuffle ensued. At that time, officials said Laney produced a handgun.
Officer Anthony Holzhauer who has been on the force since January 25, 2010, reportedly pulled his gun, and shot Laney. Laney died on the scene.
According to the CMPD, a gun was recovered at the shooting location, believed to be the suspect's.
As word of what happened filtered down to family members, dozens of people poured onto the street. Many were overwhelmed with anger, and were demanding answers.
"The police shot our cousin." said a very distraught Felisha Brown. "They're supposed to protect and serve...and don't."
"We were just looking at the news the other day, when a young white man shot (at) at cop, and he's still living right now today to talk about it." said George Johnson.
"This young man is dead...he's gone."
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, as per CMPD protocol.
CMPD's Department of Internal Affairs will be conducting an investigation to make sure policies and procedures were followed in this case.
Detectives spent the overnight hours canvassing the neighborhood, and talking to witnesses to try to get a better hand on what happened.