CMPD: Man shot, killed by sworn company police officer near transit center identified

The deadly shooting happened just after 12:30 a.m. on Friday.
The deadly shooting happened just after 12:30 a.m. on Friday.
Published: Sep. 8, 2023 at 4:58 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2023 at 4:12 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) identified the man shot and killed by a sworn company police officer near the Charlotte Transit Center early Friday morning.

CMPD said 24-year-old Kashaune Lavonne Teal was shot just after 12:30 a.m. near the facility along East 4th Street in Uptown.

According to CMPD, the company police officers are sworn through Allied Security. They were hired by Queen City Quarter.

“[Two company officers] were dispatched to the loading dock area of the Queen City quarter in reference to a subject who was causing a disturbance and urinating on a wall,” explained CMPD Lt. Kevin Pietrus.

Police say when the sworn officers approached him, there was a struggle and the man reached for his gun and pointed it at the guards.

Pietrus said, “The officer was able to push the gun away before the subject discharged the firearm.” The shot fired by Teal did not hit anyone but the struggle between him and the officers continued.

“The other officer who was with that first officer, then discharged his firearm toward this subject striking him multiple times ... That subject was pronounced deceased on the scene by MEDIC,” said Peitrus.

CMPD confirmed the shooting happened under the rail line bridge next to Queen City Quarter.

Police said that area under the bridge was still in the Queen City Quarter’s officers’ jurisdiction.

Teal had an outstanding warrant and a lengthy criminal history including kidnapping charges, breaking or entering, carrying a concealed weapon, second degree trespass, assault on a campus police officer, resisting a public officer, disorderly conduct and more.

No charges have been filed against the security guard as of Friday afternoon.

Investigators said they found a gun at the scene that did not belong to the security officer.

“The CMPD Homicide Unit is the lead investigating entity for this investigation. They are well underway for this investigation. And the District Attorney’s office will be the ones to determine whether this shooting was justified or not justified,” said Peitrus.

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office released the following statement about the investigation:

“It is our understanding that CMPD has made an initial decision that this shooting was justified. This office routinely consults with law enforcement on homicides that investigative agencies have determined to be justified. In accordance with our common practice, upon completion of their investigation, should law enforcement make a final decision that a shooting is justified, we will meet with CMPD to provide a consultation on that decision not to charge.”

Anyone with information about the incident should call 704-432-TIPS and ask to speak to a homicide detective. Information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 704-334-1600.

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