Police: Armed man shot by officers accused of holding pregnant woman hostage

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man was hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting in north Charlotte Monday night. Police are looking for a second suspect.

The shooting happened just after 10 p.m. on the 1900 block of Holly Street, off of Beatties Ford Road. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Johnathan Autry forced his way into the Holly Street home.

When officers arrived, Autry was reportedly holding a pregnant woman at gunpoint. CMPD said they ordered the suspect to drop his gun and let the woman go.

According to CMPD, the woman was able to separate herself from the gunman while officers ordered him to drop the gun. Three officers reportedly perceived an imminent deadly threat and fired, striking the suspect multiple times.

"The woman was unharmed during the incident and was transported to the hospital as a precaution," police said.

Although the victim didn't know each other, investigators do not believe this family was targeted at random. The gunman reportedly called the victim's husband by name when asking for money. Her husband was not home when the break-in happened.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police tweeted about the incident a short time later, stating that all officers involved were OK and that the circumstances surrounding the shooting were under investigation.

CMPD officers who fired their weapons have been identified as Shon Sheffield, Joseph Bauer, and James Tindall. Per standard procedure, they have been placed on administrative leave.

CMPD released this statement:

"As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident.  Per department protocol, the officers will be placed on Administrative Leave."

Witnesses reportedly saw a second man run from the home when police arrived. He's described as being a heavyset black man wearing dark clothing.

Autry is listed in critical, but stable condition. He was being treated but will be moved to the Mecklenburg County jail when he is discharged.

Autry is expected to be charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He also has three outstanding warrants from another county for driving with a revoked license, resisting a public officer, and speeding.

If you have any information about this break-in or the man who ran away, you are asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak to a detective. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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