CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A man killed in an officer-involved shooting in north Charlotte early Friday morning has been identified by police as 55-year-old Delano Williams.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says the incident started around 8 p.m. when officers were called to a home on Ernest Russell Court for a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived, the suspect had left.
Four hours later, another call came in from the same home. This time, a female told 911 her mom, aunt and dad were inside and that her dad was pointing a gun at her aunt. Police say during that call, the dispatcher heard a gunshot.
When officers arrived, they heard gunshots coming from inside the home. Police say a woman who had been shot in the leg ran outside saying her sister and brother-in-law were inside the home and she thought he was going to kill her.
When officers encountered the man, Chief Putney says an imminent, lethal threat was perceived and an officer fired their gun, hitting Williams. Williams wife later told WBTV that her husband was raising a gun and about to shoot her when the officer shot her husband. She expressed that when the officer shot her husband, he did so to protect her life, and that the officer shot her husband through a glass door.. She says if the officer hadn’t shot her husband, she believes she wouldnt be alive tolday. He later died at the hospital.
The officer who fired his weapon was identified as officer John Juhasz, who has been with the department since February 2017.
“This is an isolated incident that started as a domestic [situation],” Putney said.
The woman hurt in this situation was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK. The officer was also taken for evaluation only. Putney says the officer didn’t appear to be injured.
We’ve also learned three teenagers were inside the home when the second 911 call was made, but were all outside by the time police arrived. Family tells WBTV one of the teenagers called 911 to alert them of the situation.
During a 911 call made by a neighbor, a woman tells the operator that three children ran to her house for help.
“They’re terrified,” the caller states, “They just said he’s trying to kill their mom, and I heard gunshots.”
The wife involved in the situation, who is not being named, told WBTV that after the first 911 call, her husband was still in the house. She said officers initially told her they couldn’t do anything because she didn’t have a restraining order, but told her they could help if she got one and gave her advice on how to get one.
She says her sister, who was shot by her husband, is going to be OK. She said the bullet went through one leg and then into the other.
The wife says her sister is a teacher and that the active shooter situation training teachers go through kept them alive.
The wife says the incident was very unexpected, and she thinks her husband may have had a mental breakdown or psychotic episode. The couple were in process of getting separated, but she says her husband didn’t want to. She said he was never physically abusive before this incident.
The officer involved was placed on paid administrative leave. Police say Williams’ family has been notified of his death.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.