One killed in officer-involved shooting in South Charlotte

Clay Crawford McCall, 26, was killed in the incident
Clay Crawford McCall, 26, was killed in the incident

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs Bureau are conducting parallel investigations into an officer involved shooting that took place Friday morning near Ballantyne.

Officers responded to Takeridge Court in reference to a domestic disturbance just after 9:30 a.m. Police told WBTV that a representative from Mental Health placed a call to 911 on behalf of Lula McGrath, who had locked herself in her home because of her grandson's aggressive behavior.

Once on scene, the officers tried to speak with the grandson, later identified as Clay Crawford McCall, 26. According to the official report, the officers warned McCall, who had become very agitated, to take his hands out of his pockets, but he refused.

Police said when they began to approach McCall to ensure he did not have a weapon, he picked up a pair of shears, raised them in the air, and headed for the officers aggressively.

Officer John Galland then attempted to use a taser on McCall, and Officer Ole Swenson fired two shots, hitting McCall in the torso, the report states.

McCall was taken to CMC Main where he was pronounced deceased.

McGrath described McCall as a good kid and said that she enjoyed having him in her home.

Relatives say McCall was abused as a child, and did not have a safety net to support him, after being released from being incarcerated.

Clay McCall had a history of mental health issues, and was recently released from prison where he was serving time for a manslaughter charge, deputies told WBTV.

WBTV's archives show McCall was accused of shooting his father in the head in 2006. McCall's father died.

According to the District Attorney's Office website, McCall "was sentenced to 51-71 months in prison for his previous guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter, in connection with the 2006 killing of Clay McCall, Jr., 56."

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg District Attorney confirmed to WBTV that McCall was given credit for time served and was released from prison in February.

Internal Affairs Bureau is conducting a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether or not CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident, deputies said.

Officers Galland and Swenson have been placed on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation, which is standard protocol in any officer involved shooting.

Officer Ole Swenson has been a member of the CMPD since February 1986.  Officer John Galland has been a member of the CMPD since July 2004, according to CMPD.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.

You may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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