CMPD: Man shot by officer held pregnant woman hostage at gunpoint

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have identified the man accused of holding a pregnant woman hostage in north Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating after a man was injured in an officer-involved shooting in north Charlotte Monday night. 

According to CMPD, officers responded to a reported home invasion in the 1900 block of Holly Street around 10 p.m. When officers arrived at the scene, they said an armed man, identified as Johnathan Autry, 28, came outside with a pregnant female hostage being held at gunpoint. Police said the officers continued to order Autry to drop his weapon before perceiving an imminent deadly threat and shooting him.

"He comes out of the house. At some point, the officers were continuing to give him verbal commands to this aspect," said CMPD Chief Kerr Putney. "The female gets away from him. They see an imminent legal threat, based on the arm status of the subject.

He's been struck multiple times, not sure exactly how many at this point, this is very early on in the investigation."

Detectives said the family was not randomly targeted. Autry allegedly used the name of the victim's husband when demanding money from the victim. A second suspect, who was described as a short, heavyset black male wearing dark clothing, ran from the scene before police arrived.

The mother of the alleged suspect reached out to NBC Charlotte Tuesday. 

"He had multiple gunshots and one of them was in the stomach," she said. "He had surgery, presumedly on that one last night. He's going back in for surgery today."

Autry is listed in critical condition, according to police. CMPD said the woman was not harmed during the incident but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. A child was also in the home during the incident, investigators said.

According to CMPD, Autry was charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was wanted on three outstanding warrants from another county for driving with a revoked license, resisting a public officer, and speeding.

CMPD said the officers at the scene were OK. CMPD said the shooting is under investigation and that all three officers involved were placed on administrative leave. CMPD has identified the officers as Shon Sheffield, Joseph Bauer, and James Tindall. 

 

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