Man charged with murder after fatal incident at community pool near Matthews

Man killed near community pool area in Charlotte, homicide investigation underway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Charlotte police have charged a man with murder in the death of a man who was killed near a community pool Wednesday night.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, 22-year-old Kenneth Armstrong died after he was rushed to the hospital by a friend. Thursday morning, police said they charged 21-year-old Tadaran Jaquan McDonald with murder.

21-year-old Tadaran Jaquan McDonald is charged with murder in the death of 22-year-old Kenneth Armstrong. (Mecklenburg County Jail)
21-year-old Tadaran Jaquan McDonald is charged with murder in the death of 22-year-old Kenneth Armstrong. (Mecklenburg County Jail)

Officers initially showed up on Clifton Meadow Drive around 7 p.m. after getting calls for an assault with a deadly weapon at the Callaway Plantation neighborhood public pool near Matthews.

Just after 7:30 p.m., 911 received a call from Novant Health Matthews Medical Center saying a man arrived at their hospital. A short time later, Armstrong was pronounced deceased.

A lifeguard at the pool said she heard three gunshots and saw a man fall to the ground. She reported that several people were going in and out of a black car and a gray SUV before the shooting happened. By the time the lifeguard called 911, she said both cars had left, along with the people involved.

“So kids were outside, everyone was playing,” the 911 call operator questioned. “Yes,” the lifeguard replied.

Police said they were given a description of the suspect’s vehicle, and that led to them pulling McDonald over. He was taken to police headquarters where he was interviewed and charged.

There’s no word on the circumstances surrounding the homicide and officials have not said how Armstrong was killed.

According to CMPD, neither McDonald nor Armstrong had any connection to neighborhood.

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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