CMPD officer shoots armed suspect in University City area

The shooting happened on Billings Park Drive Saturday afternoon.
Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting the University City area Saturday afternoon.
Published: Jan. 21, 2023 at 2:25 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting the University City area Saturday afternoon.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), the shooting happened around 1 p.m. at a home in the 2700 block of Billings Park Drive, which is just off of Back Creek Church Road in northeast Charlotte.

Police were in the area preparing to serve involuntary commitment (IVC) paperwork at the same home when they received a call for service at that address.

An officer observed a man actively firing a weapon toward the back of the house. The officer then fired at the shooter in order to stop the immediate threat.

First responders began providing immediate aid to the man, as well as another person who was injured during the shooting. Police said both were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“Alarming, honey,” said one neighbor, Brandy Hamilton, after seeing the crime scene.

“Oh wow, like police all the way down the street. And so I counted, 15, and then I remembered 3 at the top. So at least 18 police cars.”

“It’s very shocking, especially so close to us,” added someone walking her dog who had heard the shots.

The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, which is standard protocol for these situations.

“Our hearts go out, praying for the officers involved that were on the scene, praying for the families that were involved in dealing with this situation with somebody that was in a mental health crisis,” said Deputy Chief Tonya Arrington with CMPD.

“So we’re praying for everyone involved in the situation.”

Police also told WBTV there was a third person inside the house at the time, though they did not expand on who that was or what role, if any, they played in the dispute. They did confirm the suspect and victim are related to each other.

The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is leading the investigation, although CMPD is also conducting its own internal investigation.

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