• Charlotte man threatening suicide in officer-involved shooting charged with assaulting police

    By: Gina Esposito


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has charged a man after an officer fired his weapon while responding to a call early Tuesday morning.

    Dozens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police vehicles could be seen along Idlebrook Drive near W.T. Harris Boulevard and Albemarle Road, and the area was roped off with crime scene tape.



    Officials said a woman called police from a home on Idlebrook Drive around 3:30 a.m. saying her husband was threatening suicide and that there were firearms in the bedroom where he was at.

    When police arrived, two officers spoke with the woman and followed her into the house to speak with 41-year-old Timothy Hunter. Officers saw Hunter come out of the bedroom carrying a long gun and after ordering him to drop the weapon, one officer fired at least once.

    Officials said Hunter was not hit by the gunfire and the officers exited the home unharmed.

    A short time later, police said Hunter came out of the home on his own, unarmed, and was taken into custody. 



    Hunter is now charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer.

    The officer who fired his gun will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which is standard protocol.

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