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N.C. police kill man who brandished gun, threatened officers at Walmart

The suspect had pointed a gun at security guard and threatened to shoot officers, police said


By Joe Marusak
The Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An armed male was shot to death by police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said Friday night, after he threatened a Walmart security guard and pointed a gun at officers.

On Saturday, police identified the man as 33-year-old Derrell Lamar Raney.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police tweeted Friday that no officers were injured in the shooting, which happened just before 6 p.m. at the Walmart in the 9100 block of Albemarle Road in east Charlotte.

About 5:50 p.m., the security guard told CMPD officers that a male pointed a gun at him and threatened to shoot CMPD officers if they responded, according to a CMPD news release.

“As officers approached the subject, they perceived a lethal threat and fired their service weapons,” CMPD said in the release. “Officers immediately rendered lifesaving efforts and treatment to the subject prior to Medic’s arrival.”

Medic took Raney to a local hospital with “life-threatening injuries,” CMPD said after the shooting. He was was pronounced dead at the hospital, CMPD said.

Police recovered the gun at the scene, according to a CMPD tweet.

On Saturday, CMPD also named the officers who shot Raney: James Longworth and Micah Edmunds, both assigned to patrol in the CMPD Hickory Grove Division.

CMPD hired Longworth on June 18, 2018, and Edmunds on June 27, 2016, according to a police news release on Saturday.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation “will be the primary investigative agency” into the shooting, according to CMPD, which is standard procedure after shootings involving law enforcement.

The CMPD Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a “separate but parallel investigation” to determine whether the officers followed CMPD policies and procedures, according to the CMPD release. That is also standard procedure.

The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, “which is standard policy whenever an officer discharges a service weapon,” according to the release.

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