A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer has shot and killed a man on the city’s north side, authorities said.
Two officers responding to a suicide threat at 1pm Wednesday in the 1000 block of Justice Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina, encountered a man with a hunting rifle, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a statement.
Officer Brian Walsh perceived a threat and fired at the man, according to the statement.
Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers responded to a suicide threat at 1pm Wednesday in the 1000 block of Justive Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina, (above) according to police
There they encountered 25-year-old Iaroslav Mosiiuk with a hunting rifle, according to police
Mosiiuk’s neighbor Michael Caldwell said he heard the gunshot from a block away
Beverly Sweetenburg said she watched Walsh shoot Mosiiuk from her front window
Emergency personnel took 25-year-old Iaroslav Mosiiuk to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Mosiiuk was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and attended Kiev Polytechnic Institute, according to a Facebook page that appears to be his.
His relative first called police to report that he was potentially suicidal, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.
Mosiiuk was shot outside his small, red-brick bungalow home.
Mosiiuk’s relative first called police to report that he was potentially suicidal, police said
Officer Brian Walsh perceived a threat and fatally shot Mosiiuk, police said in a statement
Officer Walsh, who was placed on paid administrative leave, has been with the department since April 17, 2002, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in this statement
Neighbor Elton Hamilton described Mosiiuk as a white male, 5 foot 10, in his mid to late 30s.
Michael Caldwell, who told The Charlotte Observer that he’s lived in the neighborhood for 50 years, said he heard the gunshot from a block away.
When Caldwell walked outside to investigate, he said he saw dozens of police cars driving to the scene.
‘They were comin’, man, I’m telling you. I thought the president was in town,’ Caldwell said.
Another neighbor, Beverly Sweetenburg, told WBTV that she watched Walsh shoot Mosiiuk from her front window.
‘We stayed in the house. I was scared. I went back to the window and he was laying there and didn’t move,’ Sweetenburg said.
Under a Supreme Court ruling, police are legally allowed to use deadly force if officers have a reasonable belief that an individual poses an imminent risk of death or serious injury.
Both the officer and the victim were white men, officials said.
A subsequent statement said Walsh, who was placed on paid administrative leave, has been with the department since April 17, 2002.
The department’s internal affairs bureau will look into the shooting.