Pair, now dead, identified as suspects in 2016 University City area killing

Pair, now dead, identified as suspects in 2016 University City area killing

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two suspects, who are now dead, are accused in the 2016 killing of 20-year-old Adrian Potts in the University City area.

Ferguson Laurent, 24 and Anthony Eugene Gill, 23, are accused in Potts death the night of June 11, 2016, at the 901 Place Apartments. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police made the announcement Friday.

Police say Laurent was killed in Salisbury on Nov. 3, 2016, in an officer-involved shooting, and Gill was killed in Salisbury on July 29, 2017.

The Salisbury Police Department released a statement Friday about the new information about Laurent.

The death of Laurent was tragic for his family, the officers involved, and the Salisbury community. The officers had some knowledge that Mr. Laurent was involved in activity in Salisbury and other communities that made undertaking the investigation that led to the warrant being served in November 2016 necessary to protect our citizens. While we at the Salisbury Police Department find no solace in this information coming to greater light, we hope the community understands the difficult job our officers face and the potential danger involved when dealing with those who may be involved in violent crime.

The shooting that killed Potts happened after a large crowd gathered inside one of the apartments. An altercation led to the shooting.

Information and evidence developed during the investigation recently led to detectives confirming to Laurent and Gill as the suspects in the case, police say.

Police say no one else is being sought in the case.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call homicide detectives at 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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