Police kill man in south Charlotte

by: Alan Cavanna Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police said an officer shot and killed a man in south Charlotte Friday afternoon after the man ran at an officer with lawn shears.

The incident happened while the man's grandmother was hiding in the same house.

Neighbors  said a few days ago, the grandson of the 86-year-old Lula McGrath started living in the garage of her home on Tankeridge Court.

According to police, that grandson had a violent history of mental illness.

Friday, police said McGrath locked herself inside her home, hiding from her grandson and fearing for her safety.

McGrath called her  grandson's caseworker, who then called the officers, in an effort to calm him down. Police said instead, the man charged at officers with lawn shears.

One of the officers fired a  Taser, but it had no effect.

"At the point another officer fires one round, striking that subject in the stomach, and that round turned out to be fatal," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Captain Kerr Putney.

Neighbors heard the sirens and came out to see the police.

"They did take a gentleman out in the stretcher and they followed him by police escort to the hospital, and he did have blood on his leg," said neighbor Dawn Liberto.

Police are not sure where the man died.

McGrath, nor officers, were hurt during the incident.

Police were still trying to learn more about the man's background late Friday afternoon. 

They say he was recently incarcerated in another state.

Police: 1 dead in officer-involved shooting in Ballantyne

Police are at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Ballantyne that has left one person dead on Friday afternoon.

Police have not released the victim's name.

Police said the incident occurred on Takeridge Court, just north of Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Channel 9 has a crew at the scene.

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