Cop shoots and kills suicidal man armed with a hunting rifle in North Carolina 

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

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

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

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 

 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 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

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.

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