Charlotte police shoot man who was holding hunting rifle - | WBTV Charlotte

Charlotte police shoot man who was holding hunting rifle

(Ben Williamson | WBTV) (Ben Williamson | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer shot and killed a man police say was holding a hunting rifle Wednesday. The man has been identified as 25-year-old Iaroslav Mosiiuk.

Police say officers came to the 1000 block of Justice Avenue just before 1:00 p.m. for a suicide threat. According to CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney, a relative called 911 for help.

Police say Mosiiuk was standing outside of the home holding a hunting rifle. Putney said an officer perceived a threat and fired at least one shot at the man.

The officer was identified by police as Officer Brian Walsh. Police said both Walsh and Mosiiuk are Caucasian. 

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“We were sitting on the back porch and the next thing we know, we hear 2-3 shots come out of nowhere, neighbor Jamarkius Mills said. "I am not going to say I am angry but I do want answers. The killing just has to stop.”

“We were sitting outside and I heard a couple gunshots," said another neighbor, Dale Evans. "I walked back inside and turned on the news and we heard all the police cars and the helicopters coming."

Beverly Sweetenburg says she watched an officer fire at Mosiiuk from her front window.

"We stayed in the house. I was scared. I went back to the window and he was laying there and didn't move," she said.

One woman who lived nearby said Mosiiuk was quiet.

"They could have did something else to get that boy some help. He was crying out for help," she said.

The woman didn’t believe he was holding a gun when police shot him.

"No, I don't believe he had a rifle. The police have been doing so much, I don't believe he had a rifle," she said.

She says he did handyman work around the neighborhood.

"We called him J. He came down to my house to help with brakes and stuff," she said.

Multiple people in the neighborhood told WBTV that Mosiiuk spoke with a Russian accent. 

Putney said Walsh is a patrol officer and there should be body camera video of the incident, which will be reviewed.

Walsh is a 14-year veteran of the department and is currently assigned to the Metro Division. He is on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting.The Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were followed during the course of the incident. 

If you have any information about this incident, call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a detective, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  

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