CMPD: Man shot, killed after car break-in confrontation at Charlotte hotel, suspect in custody

The incident happened along West Arrowood Road near Green Ridge Drive.
The incident happened along West Arrowood Road near Green Ridge Drive.
Published: Nov. 20, 2023 at 5:01 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2023 at 3:30 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting in southwest Charlotte on Monday morning.

The incident happened in the parking lot of the WaterWalk hotel on West Arrowood Road, just off Interstate 77.

Police said the shooting happened during a confrontation over car break-ins. Officers said multiple vehicles had been broken into at the hotel.

CMPD identified the man as Travoscia Brown, 32, and they also arrested John Joseph, 47, in connection with the death of Brown.

Joseph, was transported to the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) in Uptown and e was charged with second-degree murder.

John Joseph
John Joseph(Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

Investigators are working to gather interviews and evidence.

“There’s no amount of this type of incident that’s acceptable,” CMPD Major Ryan Butler said at the scene. “This is not the outcome we want because this is not the situation that we want, particularly as we’re heading into the holiday season.”

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

In the wake of this shooting, WBTV asked attorney Kirk Evans what people should do if their car is broken into. He’s also the president of U.S. LawShield.

“A big difference in North Carolina depends upon whether or not the car is occupied. So if you are in the car and someone is trying to break in unlawfully and with force, you are permitted to use deadly force,” he said. “If you are outside of the car, North Carolina law does not allow you to use deadly force. You are allowed to use non-deadly force so something like a push to shove, a grab, you are allowed to do that to protect your car, but somebody simply going around and breaking into cars, deadly force is not permitted.”

Evans says there could be a time when under the same circumstances - as in outside of the car - deadly force is permitted.

“The situation could escalate or say you use non-deadly force. You know, ‘Hey, stop,’ and that person then threatens you with imminent death or great bodily injury, you might then be able to use deadly force to protect yourself,” Evans added.

He also recommends that gun owners stay up-to-date with current state laws and to know their rights.

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