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Charlotte officer placed on administrative leave after fatally striking pedestrian

(Fred Craft | WBTV) (Fred Craft | WBTV)

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who struck and killed a man in uptown Charlotte Saturday morning has been placed on administrative leave, CMPD announced Monday. 

WBTV has learned that investigators are trying to determine how fast the officer was travelling. 

According to police, three marked police Charlotte-Mecklenburg police cruisers were responding to a crash around 3:20 a.m. where a vehicle had struck a building in the 800 block of East Stonewall Street. 

Police say as the patrol vehicles were heading to the scene, officer Phillip Barker struck 28-year-old James Michael Short, who was crossing the road at Morehead Street near the intersection of Euclid Avenue.

A police source told WBTV that Officer Barker was wearing a body worn camera. The police cruiser was not equipped with a dash camera.

MEDIC pronounced Short dead on the scene. Barker was taken to Presbyterian Hospital with minor injuries. 

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Police say initial evidence shows that the officers had their lights and sirens on.

"Officer Phillip Barker has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcomes of the criminal and internal investigations in the case," police say. "This is standard procedure whenever an officer is involved in a fatal collision."

A police source says the speed response to an emergency call always has to consider due regard for the safety of others, and that speed limit, urgency of the call, road conditions, and traffic are also factors. 

Barker has been employed with CMPD since January 2016. 

WBTV has learned that Short was from Anson County, and was in Charlotte with a friend. 

If you witnessed the wreck, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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