Police: Security guard fatally shoots would-be robber at sweepstakes arcade


CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man shot and killed during an attempted robbery at an east Charlotte sweepstakes arcade early Wednesday morning has been identified by police as 32-year-old Julian Anthony Harris.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they were called to a shooting in the 5600 block of Albemarle Road around 12:07 a.m.

Police say Harris and another man went into the sweepstakes business in an attempt to rob the place. "Harris was armed with a handgun and pointed it in the direction of the office staff," police say.

"Leveled the firearm and as soon as they did that the security guard saw the threat," said Capt Chris Dozier. "He pulls his own weapon, fired one time and struck one of the suspects."

Investigators say the armed security guard, who works for the sweepstakes business, shot Harris.

Harris and the other man fled the area and Harris was found dead in the woods behind the business a short time later, police say.

The security guard was interviewed by police and released.

Police say they're investigating to see if it was a justifiable homicide.

"If a person sees that their party is in danger, that their life is in danger they can defend that person as well with lethal force," Capt Dozier said. "They have to reasonably believe the person's life is in danger and to use lethal force against the person threatening the third party."

Anyone with additional information is asked to call detectives at 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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